Apparently it is not just seeds but many other unsolicited packages people are receiving throughout the US that are from China.
People throughout the US are getting used socks, knock-off sunglasses and other sundry items.
As reported in the Genesee Sun earlier many in our area and throughout the country are receiving mysterious seeds postmarked from China.
“At this time, we don’t have any evidence indicating this is something other than a ‘brushing scam’ where people receive unsolicited items from a seller who then posts false customer reviews to boost sales,” the United States Department of Agriculture declared.
“USDA is currently collecting seed packages from recipients and will test their contents and determine if they contain anything that could be of concern to U.S. agriculture or the environment.”
One person received masks, another nail polish and still another a wig!
In New York, Dawn Proctor told WBNG that she received a package of socks from China: “No invoice attached. No note attached. The socks looked like they were used. We all kind of laughed about it. Thought it was odd and threw them away.”
Ray Walsh, a data privacy expert at ProPrivacy, told Newsweek: “Anybody who receives an unexpected package needs to be aware that their data is being misused by the seller.
“If you receive a brushing parcel it is vital that you hand it in to the police so that they can forward it to the US postal inspector’s office for the purpose of tracking where it came from. Items received could be dangerous, which means that they must be disposed of correctly.”
Walsh explained that there is no evidence of a brushing scam leading to crimes like identity theft and bank fraud.
“However, it is theoretically possible that victims’ data could be exploited for these kinds of malicious purposes,” he said. “For this reason, victims of brushing must carefully monitor their bank accounts and credit or debit cards for any unauthorized activity.”