Remember those mysterious packages of seeds that were showing up in Southwestern Ontario mailboxes? It turns out they were being delivered all across Canada and might be a part of an e-commerce scam.
While they haven’t determined exactly why Canadians are getting the packages, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) isn’t ruling out the possibility it’s linked to an e-commerce scam called “brushing.”
Brushing involves sending an unordered product to customers, then posting a fake review to a company’s website in a bid to boost online sales.
Since initial reports last week of unordered and unmarked seeds being delivered from China to London-area residents, the CFIA has since received more than 750 reports of unsolicited seeds showing up in every province.
The seeds also have shown up in all 50 U.S. states.
In the local area, London, Thamesford, Dorchester and Thorndale residents reported receiving seeds about two weeks ago.