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Holiday Facebook scam targets wine lovers

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Wine lovers beware! A new Facebook scam is targeting you.

You may have seen it floating around your news feed – the promise of a holiday wine gift exchange with people on Facebook.

The post, which comes in several versions, invites the user to send one bottle of wine valued at $15 or more to another participant and promises they'll get six or even 36 bottles in return as part of the exchange.

It encourages to get as many friends involved so they’ll be more wine to go around.

The interested user is supposed to message the poster for an address to send the wine to and more information.

Sound too good to be true?

That's because it is.

The Better Business Bureau reports it's a classic chain mail scam and pyramid scheme.

"The numbers just don't add up," Cape Girardeau BBB Director Joey Keys said. "When I send one gift and get six in return, apparently someone is going to get a lot of gifts but it's probably not going to be you. They get excited and think ‘oh people are in the Christmas spirit,’ but really it's just scammers trying to take advantage of people."

According to the United State Postal Service Inspection, chain mail letters are considered a pyramid scheme and unlawful to send through its carriers.

Experts note there's nothing wrong with organizing wine exchanges on social media with close friends, but do recommend doing it the old fashioned way – in person.

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