There is a downside to free merchandise from Amazon that has been delivered to your door.
The Better Business Bureau said the scam is called ‘brushing’ and involves boxes of unordered merchandise from Amazon suddenly arriving at your doorstep, with no return address except that of Amazon.
As for the items being delivered, they are also quite varied. In one case reported to BBB Scam Tracker, a humidifier, a hand warmer, a flashlight, a bluetooth speaker and a computer vacuum cleaner arrived at one address.
The companies sending the items are usually foreign, third-party sellers using your address and Amazon information. The Better Business Bureau said the companies want to create the impression you are a verified purchaser of their products and have written a glowing online review about them. They then use your account information to post a fake, positive review to improve their product ratings, which means more sales for them.
The Better Business Bureau said the fact…