New Scam Sweeps Facebook, Users Warned About 'Secret Sister' Fraud Scheme

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November 13, 2018Nov 13, 2018

The world of online media has dominated the globe during the past decade. More and more people are staying connected, at nearly every waking moment, by using social networks and posting online.

Sadly, social networks aren't always used for good. Scammers have found ways to hack the platforms and spread fake scams to get money from innocent users.

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Now, police are warning about a recurring scam that could cost you big time. According to reports, the scam is called the "Secret Sister" gift exchange and it usually resurfaces during the holiday season. 

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"Dubbed the “Secret Sister” scam, it starts with a post asking a user to buy a gift worth $10 or more and to add your name to the list. In exchange, the user is promised 36 gifts through the mail in return," reported CBS.

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However, it is all simply a scam. The user is conned out of their money. In many cases, users even give the scammers personal information that could potentially also have serious financial consequences.

"The scam has been around since 2015, according to Snopes, and pops up every holiday season. It’s also illegal, according to the U.S. Postal Service, because these chain letters are a form of gambling," reported CBS.

Please be safe while using social media. Make sure to never give your personal information out online. It is always a good idea to check with your local police department if you have any questions or concerns about potential scams that may be targeting you.

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