Police warn of scam claiming gem show affiliation - Tucson News Now

Police warn of scam claiming gem show affiliation

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Authorities warn the public to be skeptical of potential scams after a Tucsonan told police he was defrauded by a person claiming to be associated with the Tucson Gem, Mineral and Fossil Showcase.

A citizen told police on Feb. 4 a woman cheated him out of hundreds of dollars at a gas station. The alleged scammer told the man he won points in "Race Way to the Bluff," a game she said was authorized by the gem show. She showed the man the game in the back of a white trailer parked by the gas station and handed him marbles to toss into a box with holes in the bottom. She said he could accumulate points based on where the marbles land. Obtaining more than 100 points would get him the prize money wagered up to that point, according to a news release.

He later researched the game online and learned a similar game called "Razzle Dazzle" was described as having no chance of winning.

Tucson Police confirmed the Tucson Gem, Mineral and Fossil Showcase does not sponsor any game of chance at any offsite location.

Police believe the suspect left Tucson but remind the public to be skeptical about deals that seem too good to be true.

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