Police warn against Facebook ‘Secret Sister’ scam

(Courtesy: Cookeville Police Department)

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Police departments are warning the public to not fall for a “Secret Sister” gift exchange scam making the rounds on Facebook.

The scam begins as a Facebook post asking you to buy a gift of $10 or more, add your name to a list and you will receive 36 gifts in return.

The scam was circulated heavily on Facebook last Christmas and is making the rounds again this year.

The Cookeville Police Department calls this scam a modern take of a chain letter scheme and it is illegal.

Chain letters are essentially forms of gambling and sending them through the mail violates postal laws.