Oklahoma man gets unsolicited package, not containing seeds

One couple in Oklahoma says they got the package, only to find that they were not seeds, but earrings, that they did not order
Published: Aug. 7, 2020 at 10:24 PM CDT
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CADDO, Oklahoma (KXII) - Reports from across the country show people getting unsolicited packages in the mail from foreign countries, mostly containing seeds.

One couple in Oklahoma said they got the package, and sent it in like they were told, only to find that the contents inside were not seeds.

Walter Lemmons of Caddo said when he went to pick up the mail Friday morning, he found a strange envelope, sent from China.

”I showed my wife, and she said ‘don’t bring them things in the house. Lemmons said.

Lemmons said the package was addressed to a nickname that nobody but his late sister had called him.

”That’s what’s messed up about the whole deal, my sister who recently passed away was the only one who called me that name- nobody knows my nickname was roger.” said Lemmons.

So, Lemmons immediately reported the package to the Caddo police department.

”It’s the first time I’ve ever seen anything like this. I was expecting them to be beans, or seeds or anything in that package.” Lemmons said.

He said they opened the package, anticipating seeds, as they had seen so many times now on the news, but to their surprise it was earrings.

”When many of those contents have been seeds, many of them have been jewelry or other things, like plush toys, we’ve had a couple people receive silverware sets, very random items inside of the packages.” said Morgan Vance, a spokesperson with the Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry.

Vance said the USDA is still investigating, but they have determined that these packages are part of a large-scale brushing scheme.

”A brushing scheme, which is just an act by sellers online that try and make their sales look higher than they actually are, to try and boost their ratings and things of that nature.” Vance said.

She said, anyone who gets a package open them with caution; if they contain seeds, send them to the USDA.

If they contain anything else, report them to your local law enforcement agency.

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