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Chances are that you’ve seen something similar to this on your Facebook newsfeed…
Unfortunately, when something sounds too good to be true, it usually is. Experts are warning that the “Secret Sister” media campaign which promises participants numerous free gifts in exchange for sending just one to another recipient is actually an illegal hoax. It’s been happening on Facebook and Instagram, modeled off the idea of Secret Santa, it promises women 6-36 gifts in exchange for 1.
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It is actually against Facebook’s agreement terms to “engage in unlawful multi-level marketing, such as a pyramid scheme,” on the social network. Posting personal details on Facebook also makes you vulnerable to identity fraud. The other way it is illegal is because chain letters are essentially forms of gambling and sending it through the mail violates Title 18, United States Code, Section 1302, the Postal Lottery Statute.
While some people have actually taken to social media to show off the gifts they’ve received – and they very well may be genuine – Snopes has pointed out that there has been no evidence so far of anyone actually getting 36 packages in the mail.
Regardless of warnings women are still participating and even claiming the media blew the whole thing out of proportion. Stay internet-safe out there ladies!
You work too hard for your money to throw it all away on full price when you don't have to!