Chinese Online Scam Leaves Seed Packages All over the US


By Edyth Liu, July 30, 2020

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老师今天晚上让你桶个够On July 25, the Whitehouse Police Department  on its Facebook page that suspicious packages were being received across the US. 

Apparently, over the past month, officials in at least  have received reports from local residents about unsolicited packages of seeds that appear to have been sent from China.

The USDA and agriculture officials across the US initially suspected that the plant seeds belonged to invasive species.  by the USDA urged “anyone who receives an unsolicited package of seeds to immediately contact their state plant regulatory official or APHIS State plant health director.” The department further warned receivers that they should “not plant seeds from unknown origins.”

As reported by , some of these packages had labels that say they contained jewelry, according to the Kansas Department of Agriculture. Some of the packages were even labeled to say they contained earbuds or toys.

老师今天晚上让你桶个够The Whitehouse Police Department  as of July 28, it appears that these seeds are connected to an online scam called ‘brushing.’ 

Here is an excerpt from the department’s post explaining how brushing works: 

老师今天晚上让你桶个够“A brushing scam is an exploit by a vendor used to bolster product ratings and increase visibility online by shipping an inexpensive product to an unwitting receiver and then submitting positive reviews on the receiver’s behalf under the guise of a verified owner.” 

老师今天晚上让你桶个够“According to the Better Business Bureau, foreign, third-party sellers use your address and Amazon information to generate a fake sale and positive review to boost their product ratings,” Phil Wilson, director of North Carolina’s plant industry division.

老师今天晚上让你桶个够Wang Wenbing, the spokesperson of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs,  to the seedy occurrences in a press conference on July 28. Wang said that China Post has strictly followed international shipping regulations to forbid the shipping of any agricultural products overseas. He further stated that China Post had determined the mailing labels “to be fake ones with erroneous layouts and entries.”

老师今天晚上让你桶个够China Post has asked the United States Postal Service to return fake mail to China for further investigation.

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