In recent months, mysterious packages never ordered and received by individuals have been reported by the French to the authorities, who call for the greatest caution.
Seeds of melon, mint, cucumber, small toys, trinkets of all kinds: these small objects, often of Chinese origin, have landed in numbers in recent months in the mailboxes of French people, cautious at best, frankly at worst worried, because they had … not ordered anything at all. In Lille, in Hauts-de-France, Enzo Deschaux, 22, received one of these strange shipments. “I was at my parents’ house, and I received this package which looked like the ones I usually get when shopping on the internet, remembers the communication student. What caught my attention was that there was not my name on the recipient’s address, but just the letter K. ”
Ptdr I received a letter by post even though we had not ordered anything, the address is not the right one (there is an extra 3) the phone number is for someone in my family, there is no name and in it is literally only that? Can someone explain that to me? pic.twitter.com/pcGBf2KmF5
– enzo pop culture syhtams (@EnzoCamping) August 24, 2020
In the package that the Lille opens, a bubble envelope, with a simple white sheet inside and eyelets, like those used for binders.
It was weird, there was no shipper, just the name of a logistics platform in England …to franceinfo
The days of the astonishment passed, some, like the American Department of Agriculture, seriously suggest the track of a “brushing scam”, also known as “technique of the brushing”.
The latter consists, for a malicious operator, in sending fake online orders to individuals, in order to generate (positive) customer reviews on online sales platforms, an operation often conditional on proper receipt of the package. Your address is recovered without your knowledge, the package sent. The correct shipment of the latter is confirmed by the logistics platform, and whoever pretends to be the recipient can thus give the e-commerce site a good rating and, in the process, increase its sales volume. It thus helps the site to acquire an image of reliability, fraudulently.
In Australia, Canada and the United States, the authorities warn about these unwanted shipments, mostly from China, especially when they contain seeds.
At the end of July, unsolicited seed packets from China were received by individuals
“These seeds of unknown origin may be vectors of diseases not present in the territory or turn out to be invasive plants https://t.co/v5gddapOv5 pic.twitter.com/nEgbDhjfoo
– Ministry of Agriculture and Food (@Agri_Gouv) August 21, 2020Advertisement
“People living in France have just reported identical situations, thus warns the Ministry of Agriculture in a press release. These seeds of unknown origin may be vectors of diseases not present on French territory or turn out to be invasive plants. This is why it is essential not to lose them. “
The ministry invites the recipients of these packages to send photos of the package shipment slips to the National Veterinary and Phytosanitary Investigation Brigade at firstname.lastname@example.org, for investigation.