“Secret Sisters” Is The New Holiday Gift Exchange Scam – BE CAREFUL!
If you’ve stumbled upon certain holiday gift exchanges with strangers on your Facebook news feed, you better think twice about being a part of it! The “Secret Sister gift exchange” has flooded social media in the past few weeks. They claim that if you send in 1 gift worth of up to $10 to a complete stranger, you will receive as many as 36 gifts in return.
As the trend picked up on social media, more and more people started posting pictures of their alleged gifts from the “Secret Sisters”.
Do not be fooled! “Secret Sister gift exchange” is nothing more than an updated version of an age old scam. The trend was started last month in October, and since only just a handful of people have reported to have received a small gift. Not only is this a scam, but it’s also very much illegal.
“There’s at least one problem with chain letters. They’re illegal if they request money or other items of value and promise a substantial return to the participants.”
– UNITED STATES POSTAL INSPECTION SERVICE
For this upcoming holiday season, we recommend that you stick to the good old fashioned gift exchanging with friends and family. Avoid all this online hassle that you don’t need in your life!