Secret Sister Scam 2020: How It Works
You may see a big Facebook or Instagram campaign promoting a secret sister gift scam (read gift exchange). It has different variations, but most likely you will see that it involves the receiving of 6 to 36 gifts from other registered participants. It sounds cool, right? In the spirit of Christmas, what can be better? Let’s look.
This is one of the most common Christmas scams this year. How does it work?
Watch the video below to see the Secret Sister Scam exposed:
Not only this is a pyramid scheme, but it leads to identity theft, which is why was created in the first place. Don’t believe it? According to the National Postal Inspection Service’s gambling and pyramid scheme laws, gift chains like this are illegal, and participants could be subject to penalties for mail fraud.
Secret Sister Gift Scam: How To Avoid
Just skip it. Never share all your personal information online. Christmas is a giving season, but not personal information giving type.
Ignore the Secret Sister Gift Scam and go ahead with your day, focusing on the real gift buying for the next few days. Happy holidays!
Secret Sister Gift Scam Facebook: How To Report
Let your family and friends know about the Secret Sister Gift Exchange Scam by sharing this article on social media here. You can also officially report the scammers to Facebook or the Federal Trade Commission using the links below:
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