On February 4, 2014 a citizen contacted police to advise he had been defrauded out of several hundred dollars. The citizen reported that he had been approached by a Caucasian female at a local area Chevron while pumping gas. The female suspect told the citizen that by pumping gas at that store, he had already won points in a game, which was authorized by the Gem Show. The citizen was shown the game in the back of a white trailer parked alongside the gas station. The suspect stated that the name of the game was “Race Way to Bluff”. The citizen was given a number of marbles and told to roll them into a box with various holes in the bottom. Based on where the marbles landed he was awarded a value that corresponded to points on a chart. If he accumulated over 100 points then he won the game and the prize money wagered up to that point.
The citizen became suspicious and looked the game up online. He discovered a similar game called “Razzle Dazzle”, which was described as having no chance to win if done properly.
The Gem Show is not sponsoring any game of chance at any offsite location. It is believed that the suspects have left the city. The Tucson Police Department would like to use this incident as a reminder to remain skeptical about unsolicited opportunities that appear to be too good to be true.