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Brownsburg police warn residents about scam of unordered packages

Police said they've received reports from people who have received packages they didn't order that contained "a white and/or blue powdery substance."

BROWNSBURG, Ind. — The Brownsburg Police Department is warning residents about suspicious packages showing up on doorsteps. 

Police said they've received reports from people who have received packages they didn't order that contained "a white and/or blue powdery substance."

According to the Brownsburg Police Department:

The mailings may be part of a "brushing" scam, where sellers ship packages to businesses or a person's home that was never ordered. The seller then uses that transaction to write a positive, but made‐up review. The ultimate motivation is to get a good review for the product on online vendor sites and the more positive reviews you get, the more likely you are to get sales of that product.

There is no indication the substance in the packages is harmful.

As a reminder, police said anyone who comes in contact with a suspicious package should contact their local police department to file a report.

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