Don't Be Fooled By Facebook's 'Secret Sister' Gift Exchange Scam, Authorities Warn

Cornelia Mascio
Novembre 15, 2018

Users are encouraged to invite others to participate in the holiday gift exchange, where they will receive information on where to mail gifts, the BBB says.

But there's one scam officials say has come back year after year, and they're warning people not to fall for it.

According to Snopes, the social media exchange scam dates back to 2015, when it spread on Reddit and forum posts.

The scam can be seen shared on Facebook, claiming that those who participate will receive 36 gifts in exchange for just one $10 gift. The text varies somewhat depending on the post, but there is a general format that looks similar to this one, which popped up in 2017.

Law enforcement warns that while you may not be prosecuted, you would probably be left empty handed, and what's really concerning is that by signing up for this, your name and address could get into the wrong hands.

The set-up sounds appealing, but it's actually just a spin on the classic pyramid scheme. If you can not complete this within 1 week please notify me, as it isn't fair to the ladies who have participated and are waiting for their own gifts to arrive.

To avoid this scam, the best thing to do is completely ignore it altogether. Seldom does anyone drop out because it's so much fun to send a gift to someone you may or may not know. and of course it's fun to receive.

According to the BBB, when the first gift is bought for a stranger, they are expecting to receive 36 gifts of their own. Don't pass along a chain letter, whether it's mail, email, or a social media message. "Pyramid schemes are illegal either by mail or on social media if money or other items of value are requested with the assurance of a sizeable return for those who participate", the BBB said on its website. Do not give out personal information to anyone. Despite the claims, a chain letter will never make you rich.

Paul Krenn, a spokesman for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, told BuzzFeed News the exchange is too impossible to keep up with.

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