Why am I getting seeds in the mail?
It could mean that the scammers have created an account in your name, or taken over your account, on online retail sites. Or even created new accounts (maybe lots of them) in other names tied to your address. Letting them post lots of seemingly-real reviews. So keep an eye on your online shopping accounts.
What those mystery seeds from China were really about?
The mystery seed saga concludes. These packages of seeds were USDA tested to determine if they carried concern to US agriculture. The USDA believes the packages were part of an internet “brushing” scam. This kind of scam occurs when retailers ship inexpensive items in mass amounts to people who never ordered them.
What can you do with seeds from China in Washington?
A spokesman for the Washington State Department of Agriculture says to put the plants into a sealable plastic bag and throw them into the trash. If you’ve planted them, dig them up and also place into a bag and put in the trash. Do not put them into compost, yard waste or recycling bin.
What were the Amazon mystery seeds?
Amazon says it has banned foreign sales of seeds in the US after thousands of Americans received unsolicited packets of seeds in the mail, most from China. At least 14 plant species have been identified among the mystery packages, including mint, lavender and roses. …
What are the mystery seeds in the mail?
So far, the agency said the most likely reason these seeds are being sent around is because of an online scam where sellers try to boost sales by sending unsolicited items to unsuspecting customers, then post false online reviews of the item.
Why is China sending seeds to the United States?
These seeds are on their way to the National Identification Services (NIS) lab in Beltsville, MD for further testing to determine if they carry any pests or diseases of concern to U.S. agriculture.
What are the unsolicited seeds from China?
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has identified 14 varieties of mysterious seeds purportedly sent from China to U.S. citizens who didn’t order them. The known varieties include rosemary, sage, mint and hibiscus.
Why is China sending seeds in the mail?
The mysterious seed packs from China that hundreds of Americans received in the mail have been identified, according to the US Department of Agriculture. Federal officials warned those who received the seeds not to plant them over fears that some may be invasive species and could destroy native plants and insects.
What are the seeds from China in mail?
What are the mysterious seeds from China?
At least 14 of the seed species had been identified as of July 29, according to Deputy Administrator Osama El-Lissy of the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. They includes mustard, cabbage and morning glory as well as herbs like mint, sage, rosemary and lavender.