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'Secret Sister' gift exchange sending false hope for Christmas lovers

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Viral "Secret Sister" gift exchange is delivering false promises. (Credit: BBB) Viral "Secret Sister" gift exchange is delivering false promises. (Credit: BBB)

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Most people are familiar with the catchphrase "the gift that keeps on giving" and that’s exactly what is supposed to be the purpose of the “Secret Sister” gift exchange.

In 2015, Snopes.com investigated claims that if you donated $10 to the "Secret Sister Gift Exchange" you had the possibility of receiving up to 36 gifts from other chains.

The process of the "Secret Sister Exchange" system was outlined in a few simple steps on the website. Basically, send one $10 gift to your “secret sister," then move the person in the second spot to the top spot and add your information in the newly vacant spot.

By adding your name and address online it could expose you to other risks.

Also, Snopes points out the gift chain violates Facebook’s terms of use as well as the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, gift chains are illegal under Title 18, United States Code, Section 1302, the Postal Lottery Statute.

"The so-called 'Secret Sister' scheme is most likely illegal," said Michelle L. Corey, St. Louis BBB president and CEO. "If you want to exchange gifts for the holidays, this isn't the way to go about it."

According to the BBB, it’s best to send and exchange gifts the old-fashion way to avoid legal trouble.

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