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Unsolicited packages arriving at island homes are part of an international scam, BBB says [Video]

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COURTENAY, B.C. –Free, unsolicited gifts could be headed to your doorstep, but the president and CEO of the Vancouver Island Better Business Bureau says it should trigger some concerns for you.

Rosalind Scott says an international "brushing scam" that has surfaced in other locations across Canada appears to have now arrived on the island.

"(A) brushing scam is when a package that you didn't order arrives on your doorstep," Scott says.

She says the product usually comes from Amazon, but could also come directly from a retailer. Either way, the company of origin is usually from China.

"The good news is you can keep the product, you don't have to pay for it and you can keep it," Scott says. "The bad news is the product is probably worthless and could even be defective."

Scott says seeds and a fake scarf are two items that have been registered as …

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