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No evidence toxic masks are being sent in the mail, but watch out for ‘brushing’ scam


In the fall of 2020 and early this year, there were scattered reports of Americans receiving unsolicited packages from Amazon in the mail, containing face masks, seeds, or other products from China.

A new social media post indicates it is still happening, though this one also said the recipient may have received face masks laced with a toxic substance.

A Facebook post says, “Beware everyone. There’s a scam going on. I received a package yesterday and it was something I didn’t order. I called Amazon and they said the tracking number was invalid. They also said to throw it immediately in the garbage. They said there’s a scam going on where people lace these masks with something toxic. Scary what this world is coming to.”

The post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)

The post is from a user who lists Plattsburgh, N.Y., as the location…

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