Consumer alert: ‘Tis the season for Holiday scams

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) — With the holidays right around the corner, the Better Business Bureau is reminding consumers to be cautious about a popular holiday scam that could land you in legal trouble.

The “Secret Sister Scam” gained traction in 2015 and resurfaces every holiday season. The pyramid scheme scam convinces Facebook users to purchase one gift and in exchange, promises they’ll receive dozens of gifts from other users in return. However, the gifts sent to you never show up.

The BBB says users shouldn’t accept an invitation to participate in the program and to do your research. According to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, gift exchanges are a form of gambling and you could face jail time, fines or a lawsuit from mail fraud if you participate.

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(This story was originally published on November 17, 2019)

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