Mystery seeds from China? What you need to know

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TODAY’S FEATURE STORY:

Mysterious packages of seeds that no one ordered are being sent from China ll around the world.

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Mystery seeds from China? What you need to know…

A little over a week ago, in the United Kingdom, hundreds of citizens started receiving mysterious packages from China.

 

While the packages were labeled as jewelry, once they were opened, mysterious seeds were discovered.

 

Government officials have warned recipients not to plant the seeds, as there’s a really high chance that they could be invasive species.

 

Now, over the last week, the mysterious packages have started showing up here in the states, too.

 

Based on my research, 11 states have reported these strange, unordered packages.

 

Louisiana, Virginia, Washington, Utah, Wyoming, Arizona, Indiana, Texas, Kansas, Ohio and Arkansas have all reported the bizarre “gifts.”

 

As of now, none of the seeds have been identified, and US officials are giving the same warnings the UK did:

 

DON’T PLANT THE SEEDS!

 

Some sites are freaking out about the potential for this being some kind of strange biological or chemical attack.

 

The reality is likely a lot more boring.

 

While the addresses all show China as the originating sender, most of the envelopes are missing import and export stamps.

 

But they all have one thing in common – Amazon!

 

It turns out, many of these packages could very well be originating from Amazon Fulfillment centers right here in the United States.

 

And this isn’t a new thing, unique to the crazy 2020 calendar.

 

Looking back, I’ve found stories of this happening as long ago as 2015.

 

It looks like a scam known as “brushing” – where sellers send out free, unordered packages to the masses just so they can go in and create reviews from all of these customers and boost their scores on Amazon.

 

Which is just one reason people trust Amazon reviews less and less.

 

There have also been reports that fake counterfeit US currency packages and personal protective gear are also arriving, unordered.

 

So, if you’re one of the many Americans who received a package of these seeds, please don’t freak up, and DO report the incident to your local Agricultural authorities.

 

And DON’T plant them. 

 

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