US – You seen it, mysterious seeds all over the country coming in from China, but why? It seemed like every state received some seeds that they didn’t order, now Federal Officials say that they may have been part of a simple scam.
Researchers have not identified 14 different species of seeds, including mustard, cabbage, morning glory and some herbs, like mint, sage, rosemary, lavender, and then other seeds like hibiscus and roses.
‘USDA is currently collecting seed packaged from recipients and will test their contents to determine if they contain anything that could be of concern to US agriculture or the environment,” the statement said.
Federal government says that this might just be a simple scam, “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,” a USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service said.
Most of the packages were labeled as jewelry when they found their way to unsuspecting mailboxes in the US.
USDA is still asking for people not to plant any seeds from these packages as they may contain seeds that are invasive to the area. If you receive seeds report them to the USDA agency.