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Richmond Woman Scammed by Game of Chance Outside Convenience Store

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The "Hill Billy Sobriety Test" is a carnival game often set up in front of a convenience store. But there's no chance of winning and the prizes offered aren't even real. The "Hill Billy Sobriety Test" is a carnival game often set up in front of a convenience store. But there's no chance of winning and the prizes offered aren't even real.
Police say the two men accused of running the game, Charles Wyatt of Mechanicsville and Kevin Smith of Mansfield, are charged with grand larceny for allegedly stealing $200 from a player. Police say the two men accused of running the game, Charles Wyatt of Mechanicsville and Kevin Smith of Mansfield, are charged with grand larceny for allegedly stealing $200 from a player.
RICHMOND (WRIC) - One woman claims a street scam in Richmond made her lose hundreds of dollars to thieves.

The "Hill Billy Sobriety Test" - at least that's what the alleged criminals call it - is often set up in front of several Richmond convenience stores. It's a simple carnival game that looks easy to play and appears easy to win. But there's no chance of winning and the prizes offered aren't even real.

One woman says she lost $200 to the scam. Police say they have arrested the two for stealing that particular woman's money but warn this type of game could pop up anywhere.

Police call it a game of chance that you have no chance of winning.

"You have to stand the beer bottle up with a little device it looks like they created, and if you did it 10 times you got a certain prize," says Lt. Daniel Minton.

The street game advertises if you win, you get a full refund and a choice of any of the prizes offered - a new big screen TV, free Wii or PlayStation 3. But there is one problem with the prizes.

"There weren't any real prizes to be had, the boxes were empty."

Customers at one store say they aren't falling for any games like this.

"No, nowadays why would you give somebody your money, especially on the street in this neighborhood, and why would you want to gamble you are not going to win and there is no chance," says Teresa Steele.

"It's going to take more than a weak game like that to get me" says Chris Robinson. "I am from the old school, it will take more than that. I got better things to do with my money then put it on some stupid game."

"The County Fair is coming up. If you want to play a game of chance, we suggest you do that," Minton says. "Don't play a game of chance set up in front of a store where they misspell the rules."

Police say the two men accused of running the game, Charles Wyatt of Mechanicsville and Kevin Smith of Mansfield, are charged with grand larceny for allegedly stealing $200 from a player.

Police ask if you have been a victim of this game or similar games to give them a call.

Copyright 2014 by Young Broadcasting of Richmond


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