Posted: Jan 2, 2014 7:52 PM by AE Stevenson
Updated: Jan 2, 2014 10:39 PM
BATON ROUGE - The FBI is warning consumers, they could be risking their lives by using fake cosmetics that mimic real, high-end products.
Warnings about these cosmetics are not new, every year the FBI issues alerts about them, but this time, the feds said the fakes could contain harmful substances like arsenic, beryllium, and cadmium.
Some have also been known to have dangerous levels of bacteria, and possibly urine.
Federal authorities believe the Internet is helping the counterfeit product market grow in the United States. The Internet makes it easier to push phony perfumes, lipsticks, eyeliners, etc.
Indicators of counterfeit products are vary, but agents say the packaging will be slightly different than the authentic brand. Also, be look for a product that may be advertised as "limited edition."
According to the FBI, counterfeit goods are increasing at an alarming rate.