Hey Girl, the ‘Secret Sister Gift Exchange’ on Facebook is a Scam
As someone who doesn't have a lot of female friends, I'm all for participating in things that could potentially bring me closer to and connect me with other "amazing women;" especially if it includes the giving and receiving of gifts. That sounds like a blast; but not if it's illegal.
Wait, what? How could exchanging gifts with my friends be illegal? It can if it's a scam.
The holiday season is here and with it comes a scam you may have seen before, the "Secret Sister Gift Exchange" on Facebook. It showed up in my news feed just the other day and a friend of mine sent me a direct message asking me to participate.
I don't know about you, but it's a little confusing and seems like a lot of work. Isn't it easier to do a Secret Santa sort of thing in your office or at your gym?
According to Distractify, the "Secret Sister Gift Exchange" is merely an attempt to get your personal information and there aren't any gifts exchanged at all. To make matters worse, it's illegal. Ladies who participate will get things, probably things you don't even want, through the mail, and pyramid schemes don't comply with post office regulations.
Additionally, Good Housekeeping says, "posting personal information on Facebook (such as your address) violates the site's terms of agreement, so you also risk having your account blocked."
So, my friends, if you get tagged in a post on Facebook, asking you to participate, kindly decline and remove the post from your page.