Scratches and cleaning marks under front element of new Tamron 150-500mm E-Mount lens?

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Scratches and cleaning marks under front element of new Tamron 150-500mm E-Mount lens?
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I got the Tamron 150-500mm for Sony E-Mount. I bought a brand new one. When I inspected it by shining a light across the front and back elements, as I always do with new lenses, I noticed what appears to be cleaning marks and possibly a few scratches on an element under the front element. Below are two different photos? Is that was this likely is? If not, what else could it be?

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