Mystery Seeds Raise Questions About Online Sales Tactics in China

Questionable online sales tactics used by some foreign merchants have been brought into focus after the federal government said this week that mysterious seed packages postmarked from China may be an e-commerce scam.

The U.S. Agriculture Department said that “suspicious, unsolicited packages of seed that appear to be coming from China” are potentially part of a brushing scheme. In such a scheme, sellers or their accomplices ship out packages containing lightweight goods of trivial value, which can then be used to log fake…

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