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Mystery masks: Unsolicited face masks from China are arriving in U.S. mailboxes
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Mystery masks: Unsolicited face masks from China are arriving in U.S. mailboxes

First there were reports of seeds in the mail, now face masks and also jewelry.

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In July we learned of “mystery seeds” that were sent from China, arriving in U.S. mailboxes. Now, face masks from China are showing up in mailboxes in the U.S.

A report by WFLA said a Clearwater, Florida woman received a package in her mailbox she wasn’t expecting.

“I looked at the label and it had Shanghai, China from a certain district,” she said. “All of this information, including my cell phone number, (was) on there.”

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After carefully opening the envelope, the report said she discovered two packages of face masks and no note.

“I was afraid to even open it after I saw it. I didn’t want to keep it in my house,” she said, and she threw her package in the trash.

Here’s what the FTC and BBB have to say about this.

The report said the FTC and BBB recognize this as “a scheme called brushing,” where sellers get your address, username or even Amazon profile, and send you unsolicited items, usually lightweight and cheap, and then use your name to post false consumer reviews to boost their sales.