There have been more than 100 reports of people receiving mysterious small packages of seeds in the UK as well as 1000s more overseas. The recipients haven’t ordered these seeds and are not sure what they are. This “scam” seems to be just another “brushing scam” where foreign companies send unordered products such as fake sunglasses or seeds to surprised recipients just to boost their export numbers and use as an excuse for fake reviews. However, in this case it may be a little bit more worrying as the Animal and Plant Health Agency of the Department for Environment has advised not to plant these seeds as at this stage they do not know what they are and could be a threat to our flora and fauna. We get a lot of confused callers about brushing scams and our advice with this one is much the same, chuck it in the bin, keep an eye on your accounts and don’t worry.
IF YOU RECEIVE A PACKET OF SEEDS WITHOUT ORDERING THEM, PUT THEM IN THE BIN!
Tips and Advice
- Addressed to you but you didn’t order it? – If it is a low value item just put it in the bin. If it is a high value item contact the sender
- Personal means private! – Do not divulge personal details unless you are certain who you are communicating with
- Report it – Contact the Animal and Plant Health Agency by calling 0300 1000 313
- Contact – your bank or credit card company if you have already given out financial details
- Still Unsure? – Call Reassura 0800 888 6400 and one of our fraud advisors will help you to stay safe
- To report a fraud – and receive a police crime reference number call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use their online fraud reporting tool
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