These packages often contain seeds of unknown origin, but several packages are described as containing counterfeit US currency or pandemic protective equipment such as masks or latex gloves.
The packages, all of which contain a return address of "China Post," are untrackable under USPS tracking systems and are labeled as containing "jewelry" or "earrings."
The packages are being shipped to specific individuals in the United States, using their names, addresses and phone numbers. Yet none of these people have placed orders of such products, according to dozens of complaints that have been filed with the US Postal Service and USDA.
One package, shown below, was received by a citizen in Austin, TX:
The Virginia Dept. of Agriculture is warning that these seeds may pose a danger to the crop integrity of the United States of America.
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) has been notified that several Virginia residents have received unsolicited packages containing seeds that appear to have originated from China. The types of seeds in the packages are unknown at this time and may be invasive plant species. The packages were sent by mail and may have Chinese writing on them.
Invasive species wreak havoc on the environment, displace or destroy native plants and insects and severely damage crops. Taking steps to prevent their introduction is the most effective method of reducing both the risk of invasive species infestations and the cost to control and mitigate those infestations.
The Arkansas Dept. of Agriculture is also sounding the alarm over these seed packages of unknown origin. Via HotspringsVillagePeople.com:
According to the Arkansas Department of Agriculture, residents of several states have reported that they received packets of seeds in the mail with writing on the outside that appears to be Chinese. While it is not known yet the precise species of the seeds, there is speculation that they could be seeds of an invasive species. If you should receive an unsolicited package of seeds in the mail, the Arkansas Department of Agriculture asks that you do not open the package or plant any unsolicited seeds.
That story further warns that these seed packages could constitute "environmental terrorism" being carried out by an unknown party.
The Kansas Department of Agriculture has also been alerted to the strange seed packages. Via KSNT.com:
The Kansas Department of Agriculture is warning people about mysterious packages of seeds that appear to be from China.
Agriculture officials believe these seeds might be dangerous. They said they could be invasive species, could introduce diseases to local plants, or could be harmful to livestock.
People in other states across the country have also received similar packages, according to the department.
We are getting reports that all the individuals who have received these mysterious seed packages so far are Amazon.com customers. It also appears that the packages may be originating from Amazon fulfillment centers, not China, since all the packages lack any export stamp from China.
In other words, even though they are labeled with a China return address, these packages appear to be originating within the USA, and the evidence so far -- which is not yet conclusive -- is pointing back to an Amazon.com fulfillment center.
One explanation is that the products are part of a "brushing" scheme where operators set up fake customer accounts on Amazon.com using real customer names and addresses, then order low-cost products to be shipped out so they can leave positive reviews from "verified customers." This is a method for gaming the Amazon.com review system. The Wall Street Journal explains "brushing" in this article about Alibaba. The same tactic can be used on Amazon, too.
Chinese manufacturers are able to send products to the United States incredibly cheaply because the U.S. Postal Service subsidizes packages from China, making it cheaper to mail products from China than from within the United States itself. This is how the treasonous US government helped build China's export business; by paying most of the shipping of products from China. (The US government also subsidizes Amazon.com packages, too, granting Amazon a near-monopoly over online retailing.)
A page from BadBuyerList.org reveals that many other people have been receiving these mysterious packages for several months:
I see several people reporting an unsolicited receipt, via China Post, of a small quantity of seeds in a small package with a customs declaration identifying the contents as stud earrings. I also received an identical mailing and have no explanation. I reported to the U.S. Postal Inspector Service [www.uspis.gov/report/].
This is scarry, but glad im not the only one. Just received a small package from same place CHINA POST AiR-Small packet by air to US> HH Northside of the west gate of South China Avenue, Longgang District Shenzhen. under my name and my cell phone number. Crazyyy scary, their getting slick. Inside the package is fake pack of 100 dollar bills. I think im going to the police with this so they can track and finger print and what not.
I ordered an item through Amazon.FedEx shipping label shows my phone no. was changed from my phone no. to 1-347-448-3190 I placed my order but was delivered to Oxford,Pa which is not my address and not my phone number. It belongs Aaron Sathrum aka Aaron Phone 1-347-448-3190 ext. 40913 6625 Red Deer Street San Diego, CA 92122
Just received a Huge pack of face mask. No quantity, nothing noted. From China, w/ this number. Must be 250 face masks.
We never ordered any mask. So weird.
Hello, today a received a package from CHINA POST AiR-Small packet by air to US> HH Northside of the west gate of South China Avenue, Longgang District Shenzhen. To me with my exact name and address to the United States of America. There was a phone number listed as 347 448 3190. The package says Stud earring 260008591 value $3.15. With an untraceable UP0022464646CN. But when you open package it has small clear package of black maybe seeds. This is scary dont know what those seeds are.
Just received 10 pairs of blue plastic gloves..from same number from China...
How odd. I received TP that I was expecting from Amazon. Same qty of TP, Scott 1-ply, 1,000 per roll. Got 36 as 3 packs if 12 unwrapped, not 1 pack of 36 wrapped rolls. UPS from Walmart and each in its own box, not FED-Ex from Amazon. My order history on Amazon states it was shipped today 5/14, but my box arrived yesterday 5/13. With the phone number 347-448-3190 and ext. 90056, but it has my name and address. I have called in to Walmart and Amazon is unreachable. Walmart says they do have Amazon ship for them. This will be escalated by the customer service rep at Walmart. I now wonder if I am going to get another box of 36 TP via FED-Ex AND get charged for both shipments.
Stay on the lookout for mysterious packages that appear to be from China. And do not plant any seeds they contain.