Do random seeds from China appear on your doorstep? Do not plant them, warns DDA – NBC10 Philadelphia


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What to know

  • The Delaware Department of Agriculture said there are several reports of Delavarians who received random shipments of seed packets along with jewelry and other inexpensive items. Many residents said that it came in a package of Chinese writing on them.
  • Investigators believe the shipment is part of a brushing scam in which shippers send low-cost items at their expense to rank higher on e-commerce sites and create a more legitimate presence for their profiles.
  • The DDA said that the seeds have not been identified, but on the basis of packages, several plant varieties are being sent illegally. According to the DDA, whoever received the seeds, never gave orders, as they could be an invasive species.

The Delaware Department of Agriculture (DDA) said packages filled with Chinese seeds and cheap jewelry have been delivered to Delaware homes as part of a scam to promote online business. They are warning residents not to plant gifted seeds.

The DDA said that there are several reports of Delavaris who received random shipments of seed packets along with jewelry and other inexpensive items. Many residents said that it came in a package of Chinese writing on them.

Investigators believe the shipment is part of a brushing scam in which shippers send low-cost items at their expense to rank higher on e-commerce sites and create a more legitimate presence for their profiles.

The DDA said that the seeds have not been identified, but on the basis of packages, several plant varieties are being sent illegally. According to the DDA, whoever received the seeds, never gave orders, as they could be an invasive species.

If you have received a package with seeds that you have never ordered, report the shipment to the Smuggling Interduction and Trade Compliance Program (SITC) by calling the Smuggling Hotline at 1-800-877-3835.

Those who received the package should drop everything to help investigators locate the origin. If you happened to sow the seeds, SITC will instruct how to handle the plants.

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