Scam Alert: Beware of online “Secret Santa” gift exchanges

Holiday scam asks people to add personal information, along with a few friends to buy gifts
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LA CROSSE, Wis (WKBT) – Gift exchanges are fun with family but beware of online scams that want you to give to total strangers. The Better Business Bureau said a popular ‘Secret Santa’ scam is making its holiday rounds again.

The scam starts with a convincing invitation through email or on social media. The scam asks people to add their personal information, along with a few friends, on a list started with people they’ve never met on the internet.

The scam tries to convince people to buy a gift for a stranger hoping that someone will do the same for them. Unfortunately, it doesn’t happen.

Once people stop participating it leaves hundreds of disappointed people without their promised gifts.