If you have a Facebook account, you’ve likely seen the “Secret Sister” post
either on your friend’s status or in a trending topic. Here’s what it says:
While it sounds enticing, it’s nothing more than another chain letter.
According to the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, it’s illegal “if
they request money or other items of value and promise a substantial return to
An exception to this type of chain letter posting, of course, is if several
people you personally know and trust decide to share in the holiday spirit
amongst yourselves with an anonymous gift exchange.
If you see this particular “Secret Sister” post, it is recommended that you
report the post to Facebook. To learn more about this chain letter scam, go to