• Report: #915856
Complaint Review:

Larry Johnson

  • Submitted: Sun, July 22, 2012
  • Updated: Thu, February 07, 2013

  • Reported By: Joe — jacksonville beach Florida United States of America
Larry Johnson
9400-101 atlantic blvd jacksonville, Florida United States of America

Larry Johnson liquidation bingo bingo game that is fixed to not win jacksonville , Florida

*General Comment: 100 point scoop scam

*Consumer Comment: Victim in Las Vegas

*Consumer Comment: Not True

*General Comment: Got me too College Station, TX

*Consumer Comment: Thier In Jail Now

*Consumer Comment: Bingo game scam

*REBUTTAL Individual responds: bingo scam

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This is a liquidation bingo game that seems to be fixed so no one can win but they sure will continue to take your money. It is on a points system where you pay to make a play and you pull a floating ping pong ball from a basket that has a simple shop vacuum pushing the balls up and rotating them. You start at 5 dollars per play and get balls with numbers on them and they take that number to a chart and it tells you what you got. You may get 20 points towards the 100 or got a green number that doesnt get you anything or a black number that gets you a small prize that is worth less than 30 bucks then there is the bonus numbers there are three of them which they tell you never come up and why they dont tell you this part of the game until you get one of them.

 When you get a bonus the prize doubles and the amount to play doubles also. So from 5 dollars per play an done prize at the end to 20 per play and two prizes and on and on we played to 320 per play and 15 prizes and the couple next to us was at 600 dollars per play and 30 prizes. This is 30 large screen tvs if you wish that have a value of 1375.00 at walmart so it seems to be worth while If you have an investment of 3000.00 dollars and can win a total value of over 30k in prizes. So on that saturday I was at 15 prizes the couple next to us was at 30 prizes and one other group of
young kids was at 10 prizes. He is the weird part all of us were at 99 points one point from winning the game and we all played over 1000 dollars to achieve this and not a single one of us could manage to break the 100 point mark. We would get a minus 5 points and then 1 point or 2 points and then double again and then it is 600 per play and 30 prizes
and it keeps going and going and yet no one can break 100 points and win????? but yet it was easy to reach 99 points. I
was at 99 points with a total investment of 800 dollars and that shows how the game can be played when not tampered with but once you get close they some how can control it whether it is with metal and magnets and that is what it seems to be. when I held the pole in the basket it seemed that certain balls clung to the cup and others would hit and bounce off of it. I would get then same exact number say the 11 twice in a row when there are 200 balls spinning around in the basket and that 11 is a double so you double the money to play so it gets to where you just cannot afford to keep playing and you walk with nothing.

Between us all we spent over 6000 dollars and no one could get that winning ball to win and we all would get the same exact numbers on that brings you down 5 points then get a point here and a point there maybe win a 25 dollar prize to keep you going but not one person took home the big one. I threatened them with turning them in and I was asked what could they do to make me go away and when I said give me the 15 prizes or my 3500 back I was told there was no way I spent that much and they wouldnt settle at that much. So when I walked out another vendor came up to me and he runs a shop across from the game that sells perfume and he said in the two months he has worked there he has seen multiple people reach 98 or 99 points and has not seen one big winner take home a big prize. I asked them if they had any big winners this weekend and they said two peole took home multiple prizes one took 15 and one took 10 but yet the people that work around them told me no one has ever won the game.

I have spent 3500 bucks at something that is not fair. I asked for a gambling license and was told it isnt gambling so I asked for just a business license number and they said they dont have to carry one even thought they are making money???? Lots of stuff not right here with this game that is stealing lots of peoples money with no chance of ever getting the big prizes they promise. The name and phone number is all I could get from the susposed manager that was running the booth with 3 other men but I think they are all cons that are in on the whole scam. I want them shut down.

I want them in jail and want proof of what they are doing so I can sue them for the money they took from me and my wife. If you investigate them I am sure you will get the answers I look for and that they are not even a business paying any type of taxes. I also need to know who else to contact and send this story to if possible to make sure all parties
that need to hear this do. I have mailed this to multiple parties hoping that someone will investigate it and stop them from doing this to others. I have also gone to the attorney general and first coast news of jax. they are setup at 9400-101 atlantic blvd jax fl 32225.
 I bet he doesnt even pay taxes on this money he earns off the game. I just hope someone shuts him down.
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#1 General Comment

100 point scoop scam

AUTHOR: AMDaveiga - ()

Hi my husband and I just went throungh the exact same thing today. these people need to be STOPPED! we are returning in the morning to demand our $$ back we lost $1600 in that scam. did you eventually have any success with getting your $$ back?

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#2 Consumer Comment

Victim in Las Vegas

AUTHOR: iPar - ()

I fell for this game too in Las Vegas. They set up at the Liquidator event by Cheyenne and Rainbow and have taken about $1100 from me.

I got up to 95 points with relative ease with only about $50 spent. Since then, I have tried mulptiple times, come back on several occasions, but have never been able to reach 100 points. I am up to $80 a pop now with 7 prizes to win and still in the 90s for points. It literally took about 5 balls to get into the 90s and since have tried about 30 more balls and can't get to 100 points. It seems to be rigged so you can't get there.

It makes you not want to quit because then my $1100 is wasted. I could've bought 2 big screen TVs for that. I just want my money back and this chapter of my life over.

Please shut these guys down, arrest them for fraud, and get my money back.

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#3 Consumer Comment

Not True

AUTHOR: mgodette - ()

I was traveling with my husband in Texas and i went to one of these liquidation sales and came across one of these games. The guy explained the game to me and we played we spent 350.00 dollars. We got to about fourty dollars a games but we ended up winning a 32 in flat screen and a xbox 360 and a tool kit for my husband. We really had won 7 prizes but they bought back the ones we didnt want. I thought it was a good experience. I would do it again if i lived closer. I do not know what happened with the people above but the people i played with were great. Remember folks there r good ppl and bad ppl in this world not all ppl are bad. I hope the ppl that did this pay for what they did but i am a firm believer that there is good.
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#4 General Comment

Got me too College Station, TX

AUTHOR: brandon - ()

Samething happened to me yesterday can anyone put a message on if/how I can convince law inforcement to come and force them to give me my money back!

I got up tp $1,000 at $80 a pop, 98 points with 2 to go. I was at 95 forever! If i had time to sit in there i would. Can they force me to leave?
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#5 Consumer Comment

Thier In Jail Now

AUTHOR: chelle camp - (United States of America)

Recently in Beaumont Texas i was ripped off as well... i did contact my local law enforcement thanks to this post and also retrieved my money by threatening the withthe cops...needless to say they sent an undercover in and followed up with a raid... the man had several felony warrants across the country and.about 10-15 diffrent identification cards needless to say he is now in the jail and will be for a long time!!
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#6 Consumer Comment

Bingo game scam

AUTHOR: Mark - (United States of America)

This is a true and a very real report and scam.. DONT GET SUCKED IN!!! This is a fly by night band of gangsters that need to be put away for scamming people out of their hard earned money.... They run from town to town with the liquidation sale "Central Liquidators" 856-806-1609. I was fortunate enough to find this report and went back to the place after I was scammed out of almost 1500 bucks.

Like Joe, my brother and I were stuck on "98 points" after getting a quick 75 points with only $100 or so into the game with the potential (we thought) of winning 10 big screen tvs...  Magically, we couldnt pull any more points out of the ping pong ball blower maching once we hit 98 points despite playing another bunch of times at first $80 per play then  $160 and then $320... all the while knowing you cant give up or the money you spent to that point will be gone..

It is very obvious that they have some control device that activates magnets out the balls that score you points when you hit 95 points (they leave a few balls floating with 1 or 2 points to tantalize you further).

These maggot con artists get very angry if you stand and watch other customers play this game.

The reason they dont let you watch others play, is that they dont want you to see A) that everyone can easily accumulate 90 + points with minimal investment relative to the big flat screen prize, yet no one can get those last few points needed... and B) they dont want you to see that certain balls start sticking to the long poll you are given to fish the balls out with while other balls get forced away from your grab pole...

In any event, this post helped us out as i printed it and brought it back and called the police in to investigate it. Of course these sick scum bags deny any wrong doing and just called everyone who had played it as having a "gambling problem".... They also tell you that you dont have a written receipt of how much you paid to play ... (NOTE: they refuse to give you a reciept if you ask when you are out of money) they just tell you that your receipt of how many points you have (98 points and 15 prizes to win with 2 more points scored) is enough to come back "to continue playing from where you left off".

We think that the lady who covered for them and worked out the "settlement" to pay us back less than half of what we lost who runs the Central Liquidators bazaar is in on the scam but we cant say for sure..

I hope these sick individuals are caught and prosecuted before they steal from more unsuspecting public....
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#7 REBUTTAL Individual responds

bingo scam

AUTHOR: mbrabham - (United States of America)

Every thing this man is saying is true they travel state to state and they are in baltimore maryland from dec 7 8 and9.while i was there playing someone came in with this post the took all the money they had and dump it on a bag and 1man left they they shut down while everyone else atayed open police were called and the gave the people tbat brang the print out in 700 $ back bit they spend 1420 and told my family and aomeone else we had to come back tomarrow that is sunday at 1 to get our money o wish i could have the feed ther we need to shut them down
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