Confused residents in several states including Pennsylvania, Virginia, Ohio, and Florida have received unwanted packages from China that contain face masks. While the packages did no harm, labels listing the names, addresses, and even phone numbers of recipients made people feel a little uncomfortable.
“All of this information, including my cell phone number, [was] there, ”Shan Sharp of Clearwater, Florida told the WFLA. “I was scared of even opening it after seeing it.”
Sharp took the better route than safe and tossed their package straight in the trash, but others are looking for an explanation before taking action.
“I just keep them tied and sealed,”
It’s not the first time in the past few weeks that reports of unsolicited mail from China have made the news – some people have also received packets of seeds. If you are one of them, definitely not plant the seeds as they can harm the plants and wildlife in your area.
While the mystery may never be completely resolved, the Federal Trade Commission suspects that it could be a “brush” scam in which retailers send products out to random consumers and then submit positive reviews online on their behalf. You may create new accounts with your information or hijack your existing accounts. If you received a disordered package, it is a good idea to closely monitor your purchasing accounts and contact customer service if you see a review (or other activity) that is not yours. Changing your passwords is also a good idea.
As for the products themselves, you have no obligation to try to return or pay for them – but you may want to take the advice of the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Department, Virginia, and just toss them in the trash even if they are safe to use seem to be .