Secret Sister Gift Exchange Scam

A recent scam that has been heavily reported on is the Secret Sister Gift Exchange.  Since October, the Secret Sister Gift Exchange has become common on several sites like Facebook and Pinterest. Gifting scams are nothing new and they are almost always promoted as a way for you to mutually help others. In reality, they are illegal scams.

Here are the details of how the Secret Sister Gift Exchange Scam works:

Welcome to our secret sister gift exchange!!

1) Send one gift value at least $10 to secret sister that is place NUMBER ONE BELOW

2) Remove secret sister’s name from #1; then move secret sister #2 to that spot.

3) Add your name to #2 with your info.

4) Then send this info to 6 other ladies with the updated name info

5) Copy the secret sister request that I posted on my wall, to your own wall.

If you cannot complete this within 1 week please notify me, as it isn’t fair to the ladies who have participated and are waiting for their own gifts to arrive.

You can order directly from a web-based service (Amazon, or any other online shop) which saves a trip to the post office.

Soon you should receive 36 gifts! What a deal, 36 gifts for giving just one!

Be sure to include some information about yourself…some of your favorites.

Seldom does anyone drop out because it’s so much fun to send a gift to someone you may or may not know…and of course it’s fun to receive.

You should begin receiving gifts in about 2 weeks if you get your letters out to your 6 people right away!

1# xxx xxxx
-full address removed-
Rochester, NY 14607
I like books, art, crafts

#2 xxx xxxx
-full address removed-
Traverse City MI 49685

Then send to 6 (or more!) people that respond to your post! Thanks a bunch!!! I’m so excited!!!!

Facebook’s policy prohibits gift exchange programs (pyramid schemes) and users who participate could risk having their profiles deleted.

Cash gifting is illegal and in some states you can get up to 7 years of jail time for running one of these scams.

Here is what the ATTORNEY GENERAL Of Michigan has to say about Cash Gifting.

No matter how these schemes are presented, the bottom line is the same for all – cash gifting schemes are illegal….

All 50 states have laws against pyramid schemes.


Avoid the Secret Sister Gift Exchange Scam.  It is a common gifting scam that gets you to participate in a pyramid scheme with the idea of mutually helping others.  You may end up losing your Facebook account and have legal problems with the post office and your local authorities.