Holiday Pyramid Schemes

Holiday Pyramid Schemes

Sometimes it’s our best friends who get us into the most trouble. Just in time for the holidays, gift scams are back! If you hear about a game or project that seems too good to be true it probably is. These chain letters and mail scams are illegal in the United States. 

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Example of the Holiday Wine Exchange Scam

We’ve seen these chains/pyramids with:
– Gift Cards
– Wine
– Books
– Greeting Cards
– Small Gifts
– Cookies
– Money

The way these tend to work, you send out a request for six people to send you the item. They send out requests to six of their friends with the same promise. However, the scam/scheme relies on the people at the end of the chain sending without receiving. Eventually, some people can’t or don’t recruit new people.

While these scams seem like a lot of fun, they are illegal. Also, most people will lose out. They also mean sharing your information with strangers. If you’ve seen one of these scams, let us know!

More research

Snopes article: Secret Sister Gift Exchange

Forbes: Beware of the ‘Secret Sister Gift Exchange’

Good Housekeeping: The “Secret Wine Bottle Exchange” Scam Is Back



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