Over the past year, people around the world have been receiving packs of mystery seeds.
The seeds, which appear to have been sent from China, prompted warnings from authorities asking those that received them to not plant the mystery seeds. The reason for the ask was because pathogens, contaminants, or insects could be hidden within the packaging, or the seeds themselves could belong to invasive species.
So what exactly are the seeds? So far mustard, cabbage, morning glory, and some herbs like mint, sage, rosemary, lavender, hibiscus and rose seeds have been identified.
“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 USDA said in a statement.
The reason for sending out the seeds? Essentially, people will send out the packages to random people and then review the product under a false name on sites like Amazon. This then boosts their seller rating, and their actual products start showing up in more people’s search results while they shop.
So while there is nothing wrong with the seeds themselves, the reason behind sending them is yet another scam.
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