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Posted: 2020-09-08 13:18:05

Hundreds of Americans planted the China mystery seeds

Over 15,000 reported cases of mystery seeds from China

From Andy Baio at Waxy.org
Originally published 2020 09 08
The "brushing" idea is still what USDA and other agencies are saying, but, at least in the emails I’ve reviewed there’s very little talk about how the scam worked or why it happened. This campaign also seems to be much larger than any other known brushing campaign or any other seed mailing campaign.  CBP says that it intercepts 15,000 seeds “from all sources worldwide” in a year, according to an information sheet I obtained from New Hampshire. It is obvious from the number of complaints filed to just a handful of states that this campaign targeted far more than 15,000 people; the number who even bothered to fill out an online form or call the authorities seems to be significantly higher than that. 
The "brushing" idea is still what USDA and other agencies are saying, but, at least in the emails I’ve reviewed there’s very little talk about how the scam worked or why it happened. This campaign also seems to be much larger than any other known brushing campaign or any other seed mailing campaign.  CBP says that it intercepts 15,000 seeds “from all sources worldwide” in a year, according to an information sheet I obtained from New Hampshire. It is obvious from the number of complaints filed to just a handful of states that this campaign targeted far more than 15,000 people; the number who even bothered to fill out an online form or call the authorities seems to be significantly higher than that. 
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