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Poor children target of game scam in Dominican Republic

Children from poor neighborhoods in the Dominican Republic have been falling victims to a gaming scam called “supermillionario” (super-millionaire).

With the slogan “collect, play and win,” the game is promoted by vendors in minimarts and supermarkets, who sell the game’s ‘money’ to kids for five pesos (approximately $0.15). The kids are then encouraged to collect as many of the game’s bills as they can and to then exchange them with friends. Those who collect the most can cash in for a cool game that vendors say will come out soon.

“It’s a double scam,” a legislator said. “First, because they will not give any prizes or games (in exchange for fake money that’s bought).”

He added that the children are likely to pay with money they stole from their homes.

“And because games are children’s vice, they are convinced to do anything,” he said.

Source: Pangea Today

Category: DR News |

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Last updated October 22, 2016 at 2:00 PM
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