It's the holiday season, which means it's time for news outlets' annual reminder to readers to steer clear of a common Christmas-themed online scam. Posts about so-called "Secret Sister" gift exchanges proliferate social media around this time of year, asking for "six women" who want to spread some joy by purchasing just one single gift, then receiving "six to 36" gifts in return.
As USA Today explains in its list of seven reasons to stay far away from such appeals, it might sound nice, but in reality it's simply a pyramid scheme.
While the first few people to post about it may receive some gifts, those lower in the pyramid likely won't. It's also technically a chain letter, and those are illegal if they request money or other items be sent.
This article originally appeared on Newser: That 'Secret Sister' Gift Exchange? It's a Scam