It’s the most wonderful time of year to get caught up in a scam.
Fraudsters are taking to Facebook to spread the word about fake gift exchanges and they have been widely shared on the platform.
One “holiday gift exchange” program is named “Secret Sister” and promises users 36 gifts in exchange for every $10 (£7) item they purchase for a stranger.
“Anyone interested in a Christmas gift exchange? I don’t care where you live, you are welcome to join,” writes one Facebook user.
“I need 6 or more ladies of any age to participate in the secret sister gift exchange.
“You only have to buy one gift valued at $10 or more and send it to one secret sister, and you will receive 6 to 36 gifts in return!!”
The hoax has been carried out to the extent whereby people are even posting fake photos of their “secret sister” presents on social media, claiming they showed up on their doorstep.