Livingston County Sheriff and others warn consumers about the unwanted delivery of the packages from a postal address in China with the unknown inside types of seeds.
The Sheriff’s office Facebook said Tuesday that some residents of the County of Livingston has received these packages last week.
Similar packages were received in other countries, and the US Department of agriculture health Inspection of animals and plants services said Tuesday that it is working with U.S. customs and border protection, other Federal agencies and a handful of state agricultural Department received questions from users about the packages. USDA’s collection of seed packets from receivers and will be checking the content to determine if there is a threat from potential invasive species or disease.
“At the moment, we have no evidence suggesting it is something other than ‘cleaning Scam, where people receive unsolicited goods from the seller, who then sends a fake customer testimonials to increase sales”, – said the Agency.
The state Department of agriculture and markets also issued a warning about unwanted packets of seeds.
Packages marked as containing jewelry or other products, but actually contain unlabeled plant seeds, the state Commissioner of agriculture Richard A. ball said in a press release.
The Sheriff’s office advises residents not to open one of these packages. If the package was opened, they suggest to put it in a sealed package.
“Please do not throw them away plant them,” the Sheriff’s office said in his Facebook post.
Instead, call the Sheriff’s office at (585) 243-7100 and Deputy will be responsible to get the package that will be sent to the Ministry for verification.
The state Department of agriculture also urged people who receive seeds to plant and process the seeds. The Department of agriculture advised the reliable storage of seeds in a place where children and Pets can’t open and immediately write USDA on [email protected] for instructions.
The letter should include the name of the recipient and phone numbers, photos of the packaging, and any other relevant information.
Seeds imported into the US undergo rigorous testing to ensure the quality and prevent the introduction of invasive species, insects and disease, according to the State Department of agriculture.
Unknown seeds can be a source of significant damage. Invasive species can overrun farmland and compete with crops for water and nutrients. Some of them accidentally became acquainted with seeds of funny to go to other plants, and some are introduced intentionally.
The Washington Department of agriculture determined the threat it sees in seed packets in a statement issued on Friday. Alabama, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, Minnesota and Nevada agricultural Department also said that such packages were delivered to residents.
“Uninvited seeds can be invasive, to enter disease of native plants, or be harmful to livestock,” said the Washington statement Department of agriculture.
The Ministry urged not to open the packages, not to sow the seeds.
Barbara Glenn, Executive Director of the National Association of state departments of agriculture, laid her organization’s concerns in a statement on Monday: “NASDA works closely with the US animal and plant inspection and Department of homeland security ot to understand the origin of these unwanted seeds from China that entered the country illegally.”
The better business Bureau, in a separate press release about the mysterious packages of seeds, and advised people to check their personal data.
“The package may be a sign that your personal data has been compromised,” the BBB said in a news release.
BBB advised to change passwords and keep a close eye on individual’s credit reports, Bank accounts and credit card accounts.
BBB said that the packets of seeds may be a new iteration of the Scam known as “cleansing”, where the business will send the goods to you home in order to leave fake positive feedback about their product.
In the “comb” Scam, the scammer goes online to find the real addresses of real people to create fake accounts. The fraudster then emails unsuspecting people a real product or something completely unrelated to what they sell. After tracking confirms delivery, the scammer can then not “tested” review in the name of the recipient.
“Not only do they have another positive opinion, they falsely inflated their sales to look more successful than they are,” the BBB said in a news release.
Includes a report from CQ-roll call via the News Service the tribune.
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