According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, people across the country are receiving weird and unsolicited packages of seeds that seem to be coming from China.
The USDA and their Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, along with the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Protection, are inspecting these suspicious seeds. But in the meantime, they're advising humans not to plant them.
"USDA urges anyone who receives an unsolicited package of seeds to immediately contact their State plant regulatory official orAPHIS State plant health director. Please hold onto the seeds and packaging, including the mailing label, until someone from your State department of agriculture or APHIS contacts you with further instructions. Do not plant seeds from unknown origins," says a release.
Locally, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service suggests the seeds may be an invasive species or serve some other "insidious" intent.
There have been several reports of unsolicited packages from China. When the recipients open them, they contain seeds. It is recommended that people do not plant them as they may be invasive plants or there may be some other insidious type intent behind it. #USPIS #Fightfraud pic.twitter.com/5ZD2VRnbqR— USPIS - Cincinnati (@USPIS_Cincy) July 28, 2020
The USDA thinks it is most likely a “brushing scam,” "where people receive unsolicited items from a seller who then posts false customer reviews to boost sales," they say.
However, the USDA is testing the seed packages and seeds to see if there is anything concerning about them.