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Secret Sister Gift Exchange – Don’t pay or yule be sorry

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Have you already decked your halls in lights, timed to blink to the strains of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer? Even if you haven’t reached that level of early enthusiasm, the holiday spirit is starting to spread already. If you spend any time on social media, you may have seen posts about the Secret Sister Gift Exchange. SSGE encourages you to mail a gift worth $10 dollars to a stranger at the top of the list. Supposedly, in return, you’ll get a pile of presents from other participants. SSGE and come-ons like it encourage you to hop on board an enticing cash- or gift-giving experience. Sounds like a good time, right? Sorry, Blitzen, stop that sleigh!

Why be such a Grinch?  These posts are just like any other chain letter that asks for money or items of value:  they’re against the law.  The U.S. Postal Service considers them illegal gambling. That applies whether you get the request via postal mail, email, or social media site. And another thing: Some social media sites specifically prohibit users from engaging in such schemes. That could cause problems with your account.

So, when your cousin’s best friend’s sister posts about the Stocking Stuffer Swap Until You Drop and asks you to send cash or a gift to play along, don’t. Don’t send money or gifts and don’t forward or repost the chain letter.

Feeling like Scrooge? Instead, get yourself a little treat or grab a peppermint mocha for your best bud.  Or even consider making a donation to a cause close to your heart. But before you give, pause – and get some tips on finding a legitimate charity.

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Money & Credit


Would be a Fantastic Idea

Most of the time the thieves are one step ahead of us And they usually win.That's easier than going out and getting a job

Send a donation to your local food instead - will do a lot more good and help stop the chain letters

Wow carol you say so, to not pay for the gift that i am ready say i will go to pay on instant gram tomorrow you confused me ,tell me if its true ,so that not go there tomorrow .

The mails about Secret Sister Gift Exchange are against the law. 

The U.S. Postal Service says emails like that are illegal gambling. They are against the law when you get them by paper mail, email, or on a social media site.

Some social media sites tell users they cannot get involved in these schemes. If you get involved, it could make problems with your account.

I have participated. Sent a gift. Received three in return (so far). Addresses were provided in private message. Where is the scam? Lighten up people.

The gift exchanges posts are against the law. 

They are illegal gambling, according to the US Postal Service.

Also, some social media sites specifically prohibit users from engaging in these schemes. If you participate, you may have problems with your account.

Congrats, those 3 people that sent you a gift are likely getting screwed and won't be receiving gifts.

Give gifts to children at homeless shelter. Use common sense.

It's not hurting anyone and we're having doing this willingly. Sounds like this came from Scrooge!

Yes, it does hurt people eventually. That's the freaking point! People are doing this out of greed but justifying it to themselves by saying "holiday cheer", "just $10", etc.

There are more effective ways to spread holiday cheer and better ways to spend $10.

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