Community Awareness: DEA Scam, Seeds from China
Published 3:46 pm Tuesday, August 4, 2020
The St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office announced the following information.
WARNING: Be cautious of telephone calls by scammers posing as DEA employees demanding money or any other form of payment; and requesting any personal or sensitive information. Read about the tactics scammers are using and how to report scam calls at https://bit.ly/30WgDSU
Seeds from China
Recently, people nationwide have been receiving unsolicited packages of seeds from China. Last week, a St. Rose resident received such a package.
It’s unclear who is behind the packages and what the intent is. The USDA, however, believes these packages are part of a “brushing scam” in which third-party sellers send people inexpensive items they didn’t order and write positive product reviews on the seller’s behalf.
Regardless, recipients should not plant seeds from unknown origins. Anyone who receives such a package should call the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry at 225-925-4733.