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Don’t fall for the Facebook holiday scam that keeps coming back

If you’re like me, you love finding the perfect gifts for those closest to you. I’m always looking for a great deal to help cross off those hard-to-buy-for-friends on my shopping list.

But be careful of what you see on Facebook. People are unknowingly reposting, sharing and liking scams!

We saw this one last year and it just popped up again in our feeds.

Send one and get 36 in return! Such a deal!

What’s happening is, you’re asked if you’re interested in a holiday wine bottle exchange, or Total Wine gift card exchange.

You are told that you only have to purchase one bottle of wine valued at $15 or more. In return, the scammer says that you will receive between six and 36 wine bottles or gift cards. The return depends on how many wine drinkers join.

The wording might be different depending on which post you see, but the message is the same. Here is what the scam looks like this time around:

Warning! If you see a post like this, DO NOT SEND MONEY! This is a scam and you will not receive any wine.

The U.S. Postal Service said this is basically a chain letter, which is illegal because it’s a form of gambling. So, even if you did receive wine in return, it would be illegal.

Police are asking people to watch for any of these posts and not to fall for this hoax. You also should report the post to Facebook if you see one.

To report a Facebook post:

  1. Click the 3 dots (…) in the top-right corner of the post.
  2. Click Give feedback on this post.
  3. Select the option that best describes the issue and follow the on-screen instructions.

This isn’t the first scam we’ve seen on Facebook and it definitely won’t be the last. It wasn’t long ago that a similar scam was being passed around, it was called the “secret sister gift exchange.”

As always, if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.

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Scams and scammers are everywhere. Most of us just try to avoid them, but some people like to scam the scammers back.

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