Emergency Management Agency of Scott County has received the following information regarding seeds (seeds that you plant in the ground) that are being mailed to residents within the State of Iowa.
These seeds are not labeled and could contain an “invasive plant, seed-borne diseases, or other unknown seed treatments already applied.” Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship has been able to confirm that majority appear to be from China, and at least one Uzbekistan.
We think this could be a brushing scam (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brushing_(e-commerce)) where a vendor seeks to bolster product ratings online by shipping an inexpensive product to an unwitting receiver and then submitting positive reviews under the guise of the ‘verified buyer’. For whatever reason they are using seed, and an assortment of other odds and ends and even sometimes packages that contain nothing. We suggest changing your passwords in your online shopping accounts if you have received an unsolicited package.