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「小心!臉書上這活動可能是場騙局...」- Secret Sister Gift Exchange Exposed as Pyramid Scheme


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Consumer alert tonight for those of you thinking about participating in the "secret sister gift exchange" that's going around Facebook.
今晚有個消費者警訊要給那些考慮參加「秘密姐妹交換禮物」的人,那是個在臉書上流竄的活動。

It sounds harmless—buy one gift for 10 bucks, and in return, you're supposed to get 36 gifts sent to you. But, the entire deal has red flags all over it. Consumer Investigator Bryan Anderson is here to explain this one for us.
這聽起來無傷大雅--買一個價值十元美金的禮物,作為回報,你應該會有 36 個禮物寄回給你。不過,這整樁交易處處存在警訊。消費者調查員 Bryan Anderson 在此為我們解釋這件案例。

What's that saying that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is? Well, this gift exchange can actually get you kicked off of Facebook for joining what a lot of people say is a pyramid scheme. Even worse, the United States Postal Service considers this kind of thing illegal.
有句話是什麼,如果有件事聽起來好到太不真實,它或許就是假的?這個嘛,這個交換禮物會真的讓你被臉書踢出去,因為加入了許多人說是老鼠會的活動。更糟的是,美國郵政署將這種事視為違法的。

Search Facebook for "secret sister gift exchange" and you'll find people posting and reposting this message. It claims you can buy a gift for 10 dollars or more, add your name to a list and a bounty of 36 gifts will come your way.
在臉書上搜尋「秘密姐妹交換禮物」,你會發現有人張貼和轉貼這則訊息。它宣稱你可以購買一個價值十元美金或更多的禮物,將你的名字加到表單,然後 36 個禮物的回饋就會到你手中。

A lot of friends are doing it or at least posting about it, so...
很多朋友在做這件事,或至少貼了相關訊息,所以...

But you're smart enough to not get involved, hopefully?
但希望妳夠聰明沒有牽扯進去?

Doesn't sound like a good idea.
聽起來不太像個好主意。

Lauren Kidwell says "secret sister" sounds a whole lot like a pyramid scheme she saw years ago.
Lauren Kidwell 說「秘密姐妹」聽起來很像她多年前看到的一個老鼠會騙局。

You only spend 10 dollars, get one gift for someone else, and everybody else sends you one—doesn't make sense.
你只要花十元美金、買禮物給某個人,然後其他所有人就會寄給你一份禮物--不合理啊。

Does it sound enticing or did you smell the rat right away?
這聽起來很誘人,還是妳馬上就察覺不對勁了?

Smelled the rat.
察覺不對勁。

I've seen it on Facebook. A couple of my friends are participating.
我在臉書上看過這。我有幾個朋友在參加。

USF Mass Communications Instructor Kelli Burns knows all about the secret sister gift exchange.
南佛羅里達大學大眾傳播系講師 Kelli Burns 瞭解秘密姐妹交換禮物的一切。

Yeah, this is a typical pyramid scheme. We're just seeing this on Facebook this time, instead of the old way of using letters. And Facebook allows it to spread a lot faster.
沒錯,這是典型的老鼠會詐騙。只是我們這次是在臉書上看到,而不是傳統用信件的方式。臉書讓它散佈得更加快速。

The biggest problem is it's illegal. Post office regulations are very clear about pyramid schemes. These gifts are being sent through the mail, and your personal information is posted on Facebook. Plus...
最大的問題是,這是違法的。郵政法規對老鼠會騙局說明得很清楚。這些禮物透過郵件寄送,而你的個人資訊被貼在臉書上。此外...

Also, it's against Facebook's terms of agreement. So there's the potential that Facebook, if they got wind of this, could block your account.
此外,這違反臉書使用條款。所以臉書有可能,假設他們發現此事的話,可能會封鎖你的帳號。

But it's so enticing, especially when you see your friends doing it and inviting you to join in.
但這活動是這麼吸引人,特別當你看到朋友們參加然後邀請你加入時。

The chances of getting 36 gifts are very slim. And what are you gonna get? A bunch of junk that you probably don't want anyways.
得到 36 個禮物的機會非常小。而且你會拿到什麼?一堆你搞不好不管怎樣都不會想要的垃圾。

So if the exchange being illegal isn't enough to stop you from doing it, think about this: Do you really want your name and address, other personal information, all over the Internet? That in and of itself should make you think twice.
如果交換禮物活動是違法的還不足以阻止你參加,想想這個問題:你真的想要你的姓名和住址,其它個資,通通散佈在網路上?單單那件事應該就能讓你再想想。

Bryan Anderson, NBC2.
Bryan Anderson,NBC2 新聞台報導。

  • 「作為回報、交換」- In Return

    It sounds harmless—buy one gift for 10 bucks, and in return, you're supposed to get 36 gifts sent to you.
    這聽起來無傷大雅--買一個價值十元美金的禮物,作為回報,你應該會有 36 個禮物寄回給你。

  • 「好到不真實」- Too Good To Be True

    What's that saying that if something sounds too good to be true, it probably is?
    有句話是什麼,如果有件事聽起來好到太不真實,它或許就是假的?

  • 「合理、說得通」- Make Sense

    You only spend 10 dollars, get one gift for someone else, and everybody else sends you one—doesn't make sense.
    你只要花十元美金、買禮物給某個人,然後其他所有人就會寄給你一份禮物--不合理啊。

  • 「察覺不對勁」- Smell A Rat

    Does it sound enticing or did you smell the rat right away?
    這聽起來很誘人,還是妳馬上就察覺不對勁了?

  • 「立刻、馬上」- Right Away

    Does it sound enticing or did you smell the rat right away?
    這聽起來很誘人,還是妳馬上就察覺不對勁了?

  • 「發現、得知」- Get Wind Of

    So there's the potential that Facebook, if they got wind of this, could block your account.
    所以臉書有可能,假設他們發現此事的話,可能會封鎖你的帳號。

  • 「單考慮某事」- In And Of Itself

    That in and of itself should make you think twice.
    單單那件事應該就能讓你再想想。

  • 「三思、再想一想」- Think Twice

    That in and of itself should make you think twice.
    單單那件事應該就能讓你再想想。

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