Scam claims to offer $5,000 in shopping money

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - We are just 15 days away from Christmas and who couldn't use an extra $5,000 in shopping money?

One woman got that offer in the mail, but it turned out to be a scam.

Barbara Ennis got a letter telling her she'd been selected as a potential Grand Prize winner of a Best Buy sweepstakes. However, when she looked closer, she found things that made her feel uneasy. She was going to have to hand over a lot of personal information; her name, address, and social security number. And, she thought, she had never entered the contest so how was she picked?

She called Best Buy directly to figure out what was going on.

"I just called Best Buy's customer service number and asked them, 'Is this legit?' And they told me 'No. Absolutely not.'"

The Better Business Bureau of Central Indiana reports that scams like this are always going around during the holidays when people are looking for extra cash.

"They're trying to get you for identity theft," said BBB President Tim Maniscalo. "That's not how a Sweepstakes is going to contact you. That's not the type of information that they need."

Ennis said she even got a phone call from the solicitor at work the day after her forms were due. She told the caller she wasn't falling for their scam and hung up.

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