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Best Buy warns of text gift certificate scam

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Best Buy logo is seen at a Best Buy store in Toronto in this April 19, 2011 file photo. REUTERS/Mark Blinch/Files
Best Buy logo is seen at a Best Buy store in Toronto in this April 19, 2011 file photo. REUTERS/Mark Blinch/Files

WAUSAU, WI (WSAU) -  Customers and Best Buy officials are dealing with an electronic Grinch this shopping season. The problem is a text message scam telling customers they’ve won a $1,000 gift certificate that isn’t real. Best Buy stores in Wisconsin have been getting calls about the texts, which prompt receivers to go to a web site and enter a code. That website usually has only a timer and nothing for the customer except frustration.

An investigation is underway to locate the source of the texts. Best Buy officials are urging anyone that gets this text message to contact their customer service phone number at 1-888 Best Buy. (888-237-8289)

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