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New twist on popular mail scam hitting Southern California

By marianna Feb 19, 2024

A popular post on Reddit titled, “Mysterious necklaces being shipped,” is getting a lot of traction.

Above: 5 ways to spot a scam call.

In the post, user /u/ParticularTailor7310 from Orange County, California, asks for advice, saying, “My husband has received 4 necklaces in the mail. All super cheap crap with no purchase invoice or anything like that. These 3 came within the last 2 days, the first one was 2 weeks ago. 4 times seems deliberate. Any thoughts?”

The user adds, “All USPS tracking shows the packages shipped out of Whittier. We are in South County.”

Other posters in the Orange County subreddit say they have also received unwanted items.

The poster said they didn’t order any of the necklaces, and none of their accounts had been charged.

A lot of commenters responded saying they’ve also gotten packages they didn’t order. One commenter said, “I got two cheap AirPods knockoffs. They were like $7. Called Amazon and they took note and just told me to keep them.”

The most common comment was that this seems to be a new take on a “brushing” scam. Brushing became rampant in 2020 when unsuspecting people were getting seeds they never ordered in the mail.

What is a brushing scam?

The FTC explained in a 2020 post:

“It’s when somebody sends you stuff, unordered, because it lets them give themselves a great review in your name. Annoying, but whatever, right? Nope. More than annoying. It could mean that the scammers have created an account in your name, or taken over your account, on online retail sites. Or even created new accounts (maybe lots of them) in other names tied to your address.”

The FTC says to keep an eye on your online shopping accounts for any unusual activity. If you get something you didn’t order, you can make a report on the FTC website. And remember, you never have to pay for something you didn’t order.

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