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Staff with the Better Business Bureau are warning people to stay away from "Secret Sister Scams"

Posted at 9:43 PM, Nov 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-20 00:44:20-05

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — For the holidays participating in secret Santa or any type of gift exchange can seem fun, however, caution is advised.

Staff with the Better Business Bureau are warning folks to stay away from "Secret Sister Scams."

Victims would get a message from someone they do not know on social media or by email.

These scammers would give you an invite and ask you to buy gifts for a stranger.

But that’s not all.

Scammers would even tell you to recruit more people that you know to join in as well.

According to the BBB, this is a Facebook driven campaign and have seen cases since 2015.

The BBB also says to be careful because scammers could get into your personal information too.

“That gift can keep going, and you will never receive a gift, and that person who started the scam will end up benefiting with either money, gifts, or your information unfortunately,” says Regional Director of the Better Business Bureau.

Meza also says victims are also vulnerable to identity theft if you have given out your name and email address or other types of personal information.

The BBB also says if someone messages you about things in this nature to always remember, you have the power to decline.

This is also classified as fraud, so if you spot this scam you are advised to report this activity immediately to police.

You can also notify the Better Business Bureau by following this link.