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FTC: Beware of brushing scams

Scammers sending packages people did not order
Beware this slick package delivery scam
Posted at 10:33 PM, Jan 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-23 22:33:42-05

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) — The Federal Trade Commission and cyber experts are warning consumers about deliveries known as brushing scams.

Here's how they work: third-party sellers on Amazon, Ebay and other online marketplaces pay people to write fake, positive reviews about their products.

To be able to post the reviews, these so-called brushers need to trick the site into making it appear that a legitimate transaction took place.

So they'll use a fake account to place orders and address them to a random person whose name and address they find online.

Then, instead of actually mailing the item for which they want to post a review, the brushers will send a cheap, often lightweight item that costs less to ship.

the FTC has gone after marketers that use fake reviews, but it's not illegal to send customers unordered merchandise.