Secret Sisters Gift Exchange Is A Scam

Posted: Nov 9 2015, 7:14am CST | by , in News | Latest Political News

Secret Sisters Gift Exchange is a Scam
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Every few years, there is a scam that is so cleverly disguised that tons of people fall for it. This year, it is a post that your Facebook friends are sharing about a holiday gift exchange called "Secret Sisters."

The gift exchange promises that if you send on gift worth at least $10, you will receive as many as 36 presents in return.

One such post reads:

Ladies! I am participating in a secret sister gift exchange, which is a fun way to spread holiday cheer this year. Anyone interested in joining? It doesn't matter where you live -- you are welcome to join.

I need 6 (or more) ladies of age to participate. You only have to buy ONE gift valued at $10 or more and send it to one secret sister, and you will receive 6-36 gifts in return! Comment if you are interested, and I will send you the info (:

And surprisingly, as more and more people started posting the picture, people actually started revealing that they received their gifts which ranged from Godiva chocolate to gift cards and purses. However, no one has reported that they are receiving the mountain of presents that they were promised.

However, as Buzzfeed reports, the scam is actually just an updated version of one that has been around from before the internet was even around.

The trending post was first spotted in October, and it instantly reminded some people of older scams.

However, not only is the gift exchange likely a scam, but it might also be illegal.

According the USPS Inspection Service: "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."

So instead of sending money to a secret sister, there are resources on websites like Tumblr and Reddit that will help you to legally have a secret Santa during the Christmas season.

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