Published: Oct 12, 2010 12:28 AM EDT
Updated: Oct 11, 2010 9:29 PM EDT

NAPLES, Fla. - A line of hundreds surrounded the Gulf Coast Claims center after a rumor of "free money" spread throughout SW Florida.

Representatives with the GCCC say they don't know why they've been seeing 300 plus people per day since last week.

They stated they are not giving away free money, but did take everyone's contact information to call back and determine who has a legit claim and who doesn't.

Some in line told WINK news they were not aware they had to file a claim, and said they heard through the grapevine that they could apply for money.

According to one woman in line, she heard grumblings of a free money rumor, "I was in line yesterday for 2 1/2 hours and everyone was like 'oh free money, free money..." said Susan Burns who waited in line to file a legit BP claim, "...its over the top because people don't know maybe what's going on or they heard a rumor about $2800 someone got."

Claims representatives say those with legit claims can still do so online or in person, but say they are backlogged on appointments for a week.