Eau Claire (WQOW) – A Facebook trend that spreads every holiday season is a scam, according to the Better Business Bureau.
It’s called the Secret Sister gift exchange. The Facebook post claims if you send one gift valued at $10, you’ll get up to 36 back.
According to the BBB, that gift exchange is not only risky, but it’s also illegal. The bureau said gift chains like these are pyramid schemes and are considered illegal gambling. People who participate could be subject to penalties for mail fraud.
Not only are they illegal, but they’re also risky because you have to disclose personal information like your address.
“Any type of request for personal information, you should never be giving that out,” Eau Claire Police Officer Bridget Coit said. “Unless you know you’re giving that to a trusted source that you actually have some type of involvement with.”
According to the BBB, it is best to ignore the post. You can also report it to Facebook by clicking on the three little dots in the upper right-hand corner of the post.