A Macomb County family last week received three unusual packages in the mail -- unidentified seeds that appear to be sent 从 中国.
And they aren't the only ones.
澳门金沙城赌场 reports over the weekend indicate residents in numerous states including Michigan, Utah, Virginia 和 Washington recently received similar unsolicited packages. 农业 officials are warning against planting the seeds, which they say could be invasive plant seeds.
"The package has a notice that says 'description of contents: necklace,' so we open it 和 it's seeds," said Mike Garvonic of 克林顿镇. "We didn't think anything about it because my wife had ordered flowers, we thought maybe the seeds go with the flowers."
Garvonic said the outside of the package carried a phone number in 中国, but they didn't call it. A day or so later, they received a second package of seeds. Followed by a third.
One thing's for sure, he said. The packets don't contain jewelry.
"You don't get something for free, so that raises a flag," said Garvonic, who works as a die process engineer. "I do a little searching on the Internet 和 find out people are saying these could be invasive species seeds that could devastate the agriculture."
According to published reports, agriculture officials in Virginia and Washington state have received reports 从 several residents in those states about receiving the r和om seeds in their mailboxes.
They often come in sealed packages. Officials say the the items should be reported to the U.S. Department of 农业. for agriculture smuggling.
A press release issued by the Virginia Department of 农业 和 Consumer Service urges residents not to plant the seeds.
"The types of seeds in the packages are unknown at this time and may be invasive plant species," spokesman Michael Wallace said in the release. "The packages were sent by mail 和 may have Chinese writing on them."
A release by the Washington State Department of 农业 on Friday agreed the seeds could be invasive, which could introduce diseases to local plants or be harmful to livestock. Officials say the invasive species could destroy native plants 和 severely damage crops.
It was not known Sunday how many people may have received the packaged seeds in the mail, but officials in some states said "dozens" of their residents have found the packages in mailboxes. Also unknown is the purpose behind the seed mailings.
The Better 商业 Bureau theorizes the seeds may be a scam relating to customer reviews. Companies can post cheap items so they can write phony reviews their business in a resident's name as a reliable vendor in an effort to lure victims to purchase items 从 the scam, according to U.S. 澳门金沙城赌场 & World Report.
The Macomb Daily has reached out to the Michigan Department of 农业 & Rural Development for information on cases being reported in the Great Lakes State.