Outdoor Updates: Mysterious seeds are arriving in mailboxes across the southeast. Do not plant them

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  • July 28, 2020
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Mysterious packets of seeds are arriving in mailboxes across the southeast. Do not plant them

People around the country, including in the southeast and mid-Atlantic, are receiving packets of seeds from China that they did not order. Experts are warning the public not to plant the seeds because they could be a pathway for introducing invasive species, insects, and plant diseases.

According to a news release from the N.C. Department of Agriculture, the seeds are likely a product of an international internet scam known as “brushing,” in which foreign, third-party sellers use your address and Amazon information to generate a fake sale and positive review to boost their product ratings. 

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