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(12,384 posts)
Mon Jan 4, 2021, 02:27 PM Jan 2021

Possible Scam alert? Deterra sent to us without notification.

We just got a package sent to us with my spouse's correct name and address from a company - AOMBD out of St.Louis, MO.
Inside was a bag of Deterra drug deactivation system product.For passing drug tests or something like that?
We have no idea why we received it, who ordered it, whatever. They seem to be a legit third party seller on Amazon, but still, we never ordered anything like this, nor would we have need to, as Laz stopped taking medical marijuana years ago and his card expired at least 5 years ago.

Just wondering if this has happened to anyone else. Not sure if we want to send it back to the P.O.box on the return label, or just toss it?



(12,384 posts)
1. Oh, it came from Express Scripts - it's to dispose of unwanted medications.
Mon Jan 4, 2021, 02:32 PM
Jan 2021

Laz's prescriptions changed, so I guess they sent him this to dispose of the old prescription.
They need to have more than just a little slip of paper from Express Scripts explaining how to use it.
I'll leave this up in case others get surprised.


Mike 03

(16,616 posts)
2. Here's something that came up when I Googled this
Mon Jan 4, 2021, 02:33 PM
Jan 2021

(Your story rang a bell from something I read a few months ago about a scam called "brushing" )

Also, I don't know if this applies to your situation, but it could be a possibility.

Amazon Scam Warning: Beware of Deliveries You Didn’t Order

Have you heard of the Amazon package scam called “brushing?”

This scheme involves receiving random packages from Amazon you didn’t order that just show up on your doorstep.

Now, you might be reading this thinking, “Wow, that would be a great problem to have.” But there’s a reason why it’s more troubling than it seems at first glance!

Amazon Brushing: Why Getting Random Amazon Packages Is NOT a Good Thing
The Amazon brushing scam might seem harmless at first, but the danger is really threefold.

First, it means that your name, shipping address and possibly phone number have been compromised. It’s possible that this might happen when you’re dealing with less-than-reputable third-party sellers on Amazon.

Second, and even more concerning, what happens if a phantom seller ships contraband to your home? You could find yourself charged with possession of illegal drugs or banned weapons — instead of the phantom seller.

Finally, a crime like this has a hidden financial cost. Somebody has to pay for the lost merchandise and the shipping costs, right? That person is likely to be you, the Amazon customer — in the form of higher costs for the things you legitimately order.

Amazon Brushing Scam Hits Couple’s Doorstep

It all started innocently enough for a Massachusetts couple named Michael and Kelly Gallivan when a hand warmer showed up unannounced from Amazon. The only problem was the Gallivans didn’t order it, CBS News reports.

So the couple called Amazon hoping to return the wayward package. But with no order number and no return address on the rogue delivery, Amazon couldn’t help them.

After that, more Amazon packages they didn’t order started showing up — once or twice a week. Subsequent shipments included everything from a humidifier, flashlight and Bluetooth speaker to a computer vacuum cleaner and LED lights.

More here: https://clark.com/shopping-retail/amazon-scam-brushing-warning-deliveries-you-didnt-order/


(8,010 posts)
3. Go back through your orders, go through your credit card or debit records, look at
Mon Jan 4, 2021, 02:34 PM
Jan 2021

your Amazon emails, and check with your spouse if he has a separate Amazon account connected to a separate email/credit card (my husband has "his own" Amazon account in addition to "our" Amazon account--sometimes stuff gets delivered that I knew nothing about but my husband forgot to mention )


(4,109 posts)
4. Check with your banks, credit card accounts, and Amazon ASAP
Mon Jan 4, 2021, 02:34 PM
Jan 2021

My mother received a package with her name on it about a year ago, a package she never ordered (it was a cheap ring, worth a little under $100). That’s how she and my father found out they were victims of identity theft and had fraudulent charges on their credit cards. Their banks took care of it all after they were alerted and explained the packages ordered are used in a gift card scam. The fraudsters somehow claim the package was never received and get issued gift cards as refunds, which they then sell to gift card trade sites.

It may a simple mistake in your case, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.


(17,328 posts)
5. yep i get crap like that all the time..i even got a 75$ grow light that Im using to..
Mon Jan 4, 2021, 02:40 PM
Jan 2021

...keep my outside plants blooming...I turned a shower stall into a greenhouse. Nice light and a big thank you to whomever sent it.

I also got 2 packs of make up sponges and 3 packs of strip lights..all un solicited....not really from Amazon however the grow light can ONLY be bought at Amazon. If you do a search there are lots of folks who get unsolicited stuff and general consensus is these companies send you stuff and then they somehow pad their positive reviews. I dont care, the grow light was a GREAT free gift!

So..welcome to the world of free crap....

ps..we check our credit charges every day..


(21,598 posts)
6. I've gotten a few things that I haven't ordered. Have no idea what they even are
Mon Jan 4, 2021, 02:49 PM
Jan 2021

They were disposed of immediately.

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