‘Secret Sister’ gift exchange hoax is making a comeback, police warn

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However, according to Snopes, only a handful of people claimed to have actually received a gift, and no one reported receiving as much as 36 gifts. They say it's an alleged pyramid scheme, and it's illegal.

Here is how this scheme works: If a consumer purchases one gift for a stranger, she will receive as many as 36 gifts in return.

A seasonal scam is back: By participating in a Facebook "secret sister" gift exchange, you won't receive anything - you'll just be a fool. You have to buy one gift valued of at least $10 and send it to your secret sis.

When you say you are interested in participating, you will receive a message.

More on the "Secret Sister" Deal on FacebookSeveral of you have reached out to ask questions about the legality of.

"Of course, starting this gift exchange comes with a catch-you need to disclose your personal information, such as your home address. But these scammers know how to play on emotions, and that's what they're doing with this", said Renee Wikstrom, director of communications at Better Business Bureau of Coastal Carolina.

The idea behind the "exchange" is similar to chain letter gift exchanges that were popular in the 90s and email chain letters that were common in the early 2000s. Who's in? Just comment "I'm in"??

Police are also warning of the scam, including the Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, Police Department telling its Facebook followers to "ignore" the exchange.

Start With Trust®. Check with BBB before becoming involved in a suspicious and possibly illegal activity. Pyramid schemes are illegal, either by mail or on social media, if money or other items of value are requested with assurance of a sizeable return for those who participate. Do not give out personal information to anyone. If you start a chain letter or send one, you are breaking the law. Despite the claims, a chain letter will never make you rich.

If it reminds you of a chain letter, you hit the nail on the head.

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