Problems With Digicel Fugitive Contest?

Anonymous Letter To BFP Outlines Concerns With Contest

The letter below is published exactly as we received it from an anonymous source with a Hotmail address. Like all such information, it is entirely suspect unless other sources provide the same information – and even then it might be false. Or a setup. Or someone out for revenge against an individual or a business.

So… let’s look at this letter as it is. Total rumour, unattributed, possibly all malicious lies.

That said, let’s tap into our readers’ knowledge to consider two questions…

1/ Is there anything in this letter that can be verified?

2/ Are there any indications that the Digicel Fugitive contest was rigged?

We also invite Digicel to have a look at the information and, if they choose, we will print their reply here – totally unedited.

Update: I see an article about the contest in the Barbados Advocate and Digicel seems to be acknowledging that some persons identified the Digicel Fugitive before the contest winner – but did not use the correct words needed to win the contest. (link here – but copy the article if you want to refer to it again because the Barbados Advocate habitually erases history)


So what do we all make of this…

Completely Beyond Comprehension

This is what bounty hunters have described the recent competition sponsored by Digicel. and Starcom Network after the scam was uncovered.

It appears that some people had the answers to the clues long before the clues were aired on radio and sent to phones. This meant that while the majority of the Barbadian public had to pay 30 cents to get the clues delivered to their phones which in the majority of instances were very late in coming through, others had them long in advance. So others were at a great disadvantage in catching the fugitive.

This was confirmed by Tamisha Greaves who spoke out in anger on Saturday 17 at the finals of the competition after asking the “fugitive” about four times and being not answered and finally told no, to realize afterwards that he was actually the fugitive. Many other people confirmed that the fugitive was asked the question” Are you the Digicel fugitive” to be told “no”. Afterwards it was announced that the fugitive was caught by a chap who was in conversation with the Digicel monitors. This lady had inside information. For example she knew of the committee that was in place in 2005 to determine the fugitive as well as the clothes that the fugitive would be wearing.

It is believed that the reports were accurate about the answers being disclosed beforehand because the writer of this article was told by someone about 9:00 am on the same Saturday that the answer for the 12:00 pm clue would be James Street. This answer was confirmed later on the radio. Tamisha also confirmed that she got all the answers before and labeled herself “early edition”.

Another reason why the reports were true is because some of the winners were on the site to some very difficult clues. For example, “scat to a hundred” which was at Ellerton. Not many people would have known that scat had something to do with Jazz and that Ella Fitzgerald made it popular and the hundred to mean “ton”. Along with the $4000 at this nabbing, this person also won $8,500 in 2005 after nabbing the fugitive at the Harrison Cave following a conversation with her boyfriend. She also nabbed the fugitive in front the Nation on Fontebelle for about $3,000. Isn’t it convenient that she just happen to be there at that time? She had the answer all along.

Her boyfriend also won in George St, Belleville after walking with her and decided to go over and chat with a lady in black and being told by his girlfriend that the clue came through. He subsequently asked the lady if she was the fugitive winning $4500. Can you actually believe the nonsense that was said? Go to, click on the fugitive and listen to all of them. (ed: link here)

The chap that won $3,000 at Pebbles Beach also had a cock and bull story by saying that he was listening to a conversation and saw this lady looking fishy and decided to ask her. Another person said that he asked her first and she did not answered but ducked into the water. He again won at the Gym with another difficult question of 16, 36 and 9 with $8,500. Who would think that that had something to do with the calypso semifinals? Another person said that he asked her first and the fugitive did not answer but she did so to this same winner. Afterwards the interpreter said that she could not understand English. How come she can understand English for the second person that asked her but not the first?

This same winner was seen picking up a woman who was thought to be the fugitive in Windward on February 16 at 4:00 pm after denying that she was it. She was the only person on that long stretch of road at the bus stop and yet still she does not live up there. Driving around behind the vehicles with the monitors was the chap that actually won on Saturday 17 at 8:00 am. He could not approach the woman in Windward because of tail on him and the other person who stayed with the lady so that no one else could. He was waiting long before Trimart opened and while the fugitive had the trolley, he asked her and he won $15,000. He never caught her in front the statue as he said he had.

Tamisha Greaves also noted that she was in place at East Coast Road before 5:00am on February 7 at 8:00 am to nab the fugitive but it was deposited away from the area. She also disclosed that the person that actually won was in conservation with the monitor before approaching the fugitive winning $5500.

There are also instances of the fugitive being picked up long before the half hour was up especially in Roebuck Street and not even being in the designated area or totally outside the area. There was none in Weston not James Street among others. It was said that the monitor receives $1000 each time that the fugitive is not won.

It makes you wonder who was in the scam. Was it Digicel? Was the money going back into the coffers? Fay Gill said that the monitors confirmed that the winner in Sheraton was the first person to pose the question. If she is saying that the three monitors said that Goddard was the first person to ask the question, she probably does not know or pretending not to know but the monitors were all telling lies. Does Ronnie Clarke know what is going on? Does the management of Starcom Network know what is going on? Do they know that the answers are leaked long beforehand? I need some answers because it was a waste of money, time and energy trying to catch the fugitive. If the money is calculated one can see that over $46,000 was shared among the monitors and their friends with the inside informers sharing $8,500 along with they friends that they leaked the information to. The other winners sound legitimate.


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27 responses to “Problems With Digicel Fugitive Contest?

  1. Marva

    The first comment that you made is that it is possibly all malicious lies. It is possible that Digicel management might not know all that is going on. They might not know that the leaking of information might be from their end. I was up by Sheraton on Saturday and many people including the lady in the Nation story said that they had the answers to the clues before they were aired on radio or sent to cellphones. Digicel can only give the information that is received. It all comes down to integrity. It is not that the competition was rigged. I do not believe that for one minute. It just seems that the answers were leaked to friends so that they can capitalize on the benifits and that some other people who were trusted wanted a share of all the money that was given away.

  2. All I know is that these were the most difficult clues yet… “Scat to a 100” I thought was Wildey Gymnasium, and that place was rammed then as so did many others!

    I still want to know how Inch Marlowe was derived from the clue “Vampire Slayer”? I thought it was either Blades Hill a la the Wesley Snipes Action/horror film, “Blade” or perhaps St Barnabas church a la Barnabas Collins from the “Dark Shadows” series that was on CBC-tv when it was Channel 3 and the Merrymen did a song about years ago…

    I think what VOB & Digicel need to do is not just give the answer after the time expires, or even if there is a winner from a clue – they need to explain that clue and its rationale towards the answer, maybe so people can try and follow their convoluted reasoning processes!

  3. Scat?

    Scat? – as in scatalogical?
    surely not!

  4. John

    I heard of Sca already as in Jamaican Sca. That was so long ago that perhaps I have the spelling wrong now.

    Years ago scat was a word used to make someone clear out of your way.

  5. herefordian

    Marlow is a vampire in the film ’30 days of night’

  6. Dear “Scat?”

    The term scat – as in the impromptu lyricising in Jazz, e.g. Al Jarreau and yes, Ella FitzGerald or even Manhattan Transfer

  7. D'Arts

    what Ian Borune said…

  8. “herefordian” I checked IMDb and “30 Days Of Night” is still in production? You got an advance copy?

  9. herefordian

    chubbies – LOL

  10. H’mmm, what else is new? They did that with “Rambo: First Blood, Part 3” years ago (except that was VHS, now I bet it’s DVD) and the Globe Cinema kicked dust so much dust about it, that even VOB’s “Down to Brass Tacks” used it as a topic…

  11. Marva

    In actual fact, Ronnie Clarke comes on after and explains the clues. Additionally you can go on the net and see all the clues, answers, key words and winners. Buffy is the Vampire slayer and there is a bar name Buffy’s Bar in Inch Marlow.

  12. justice

    Ella or “Eller” is not the first scatter you think of, even if scat is used in its second or minor sense. That would be Al Jarreau. Scat normally means to defecate, or it may refer to faeces itself. What are they trying to prove with these half-buttock, lame-brained connections?

  13. Courtesy “Dictionary-dot-com”…

    14 results for: scat


    View results from: Dictionary | Thesaurus | Encyclopedia | All Reference | the Web Unabridged (v 1.1) – Cite This Source
    scat1 /skæt/ Pronunciation Key – Show Spelled Pronunciation[skat] Pronunciation Key – Show IPA Pronunciation
    –verb (used without object), scat·ted, scat·ting. Informal.
    to go off hastily (often used in the imperative).
    [Origin: 1865–70, Americanism; of uncert. orig.] Unabridged (v 1.1)
    Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006. Unabridged (v 1.1) – Cite This Source
    scat2 /skæt/ Pronunciation Key – Show Spelled Pronunciation[skat] Pronunciation Key – Show IPA Pronunciation verb, scat·ted, scat·ting, noun Jazz.
    –verb (used without object)
    1. to sing by making full or partial use of the technique of scat singing.
    2. scat singing.
    [Origin: 1925–30; of uncert. orig.] Unabridged (v 1.1)
    Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006. Unabridged (v 1.1) – Cite This Source
    scat3 /skæt/ Pronunciation Key – Show Spelled Pronunciation[skat] Pronunciation Key – Show IPA Pronunciation
    the excrement of an animal.
    [Origin: 1925–30; orig. uncert.; cf. Brit. dial. (SW) scat to scatter, fling down, bespatter; Gk skat- (s. of skôr dung; see scato-) is unlikely source, given popular character of the word and unmotivated derivation pattern] Unabridged (v 1.1)
    Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006. Unabridged (v 1.1) – Cite This Source
    scat4 /skæt/ Pronunciation Key – Show Spelled Pronunciation[skat] Pronunciation Key – Show IPA Pronunciation
    –noun Slang.
    [Origin: 1945–50; of uncert. orig.; cf. earlier scat (slang) whiskey] Unabridged (v 1.1)
    Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2006. Unabridged (v 1.1) – Cite This Source
    scat5 /skæt/ Pronunciation Key – Show Spelled Pronunciation[skat] Pronunciation Key – Show IPA Pronunciation
    (in the Shetland and Orkney Islands) a crown tax, as for use of common lands.
    Also, scatt.

    [Origin: 1300–50; ME

  14. Awful lot of detail for a cock-and-bull story.

    Digicel would be the last ones involved. They only want the publicity and participation, and would never risk a scandal.

    Clearly they farm this out to an advertising agency or PR firm, and leave it to them. But this is a small island and its hard not to know someone on the inside on just about anything. (Hence the fun on this site!)

  15. Lady Anon

    I was approached by a representative of Starcom Network to become a “Digicel Fugitive”. I was required to sign a contract which in part stated that I should not have cell phones etc on my person for the duration of my stint. If I was found breaching the contract, it would be immediately terminated.

    It also stated that I would be picked up and taken to the location, watched constantly, and returned. (I guess I would be left stranded if the contract was immediately terminated)

    The contract was on Starcom Network letterhead (Digicel not included).

    Ultimately, I did not sign.

    I agree that it is a question of integrity of both the monitors and the fugitives, the person(s) who come up with the clues, the person(s) at Digicel who broadcast the clues, the person(s) at starcom who record the clues for broadcast, the secretary(ies) at Starcom who type the list of clues and the answers…and the list could go on.

    Dishonesty all ’round.

  16. Wilfrid

    From early in the competition I suspected that “special persons” were winning. My suspicion started when I checked the VOB website for 2005 and realized that the Ellerton winner had won twice before and always when the bounty was large. When I heard the soundbite by the George Street winner I became livid.
    On Saturday morning I was called by a fellow hunter, who told me she was informed that the answer to the 12 noon clue will be James Street.
    Even though I had for weeks thought that there were infelicities, I did not want to beleive it.
    I was in the Sheraton Centre car park on Saturday evening when Tamisha Greaves told the Nation reporter that she was accustomed to receiving the amswers to the clues the night before.
    Based on all that has been said and printed, I conclude that there are 2 scams. The first is the sending of the answers to the clues in advance to a ring of persons. The second seems to involve the fugitive(s), the monitors and the big money winners.
    How come this year they were so few winners?
    I figured out the correct location and went on at least 15 occassions and was never able to nab the fugitive but for the most part the big money captors achieved this feat mere minutes after the clues were broadcast.

  17. Jerome Hinds

    Wilfrid, I am empathise with you.

    But in case you did not realise, such tactics have their genesis in Barbados in what is now referred to as Owenism….!!!

    Were you living in Barbados at the time the Holder’s re-zoning land issue took place ?

    You appear to have a similar GRIEF LUMP….a Mr. Babb in that Holder’s re- zoning issue had….!!!

    Mr. Babb could not get permission to develop the land…but in two two’s friends of the head
    ” Honco ” ……OWEN….offer Mr. Babb a price….

    and BINGO…..the same men get the land changed fron Zone 1 to zone in a mere 9 days……!!!

    The FUGITIVE…..was ’bout long time……Wilfred….!!!

    Remember….It is EXPECT MORE…..GET MORE…..!!!

    Get more of WHAT……doh…….????

  18. Jerome Hinds

    That should be head ” Honcho ” and secondly the sentence should read from ” zone 1 to zone 2 “

  19. gentle jim

    This is why I do not take part in these type of contests. However while this is obviously rigged, maybe someone could also explain the recent CBC so called Treasure Hunt
    A few questions I would like answered.
    1. What were the 40 correct answers to their quiz?

    2. Were 40 persons actually chosen who had the correct answers to their quiz to take part in a Treasure Hunt?

    3.Was a Treasure Hunt actually held? or

    4.Was a draw for the winner done without following the said rules of the contest?

  20. “gentle jim” your take on Fugitive & Treasure Hunt is rather like my view on the Barbados Music Awards, after numerous clashes with me over my News Blog, there finally appears a set of criteria on the website, but the details remain unfinished;

    * sealing of envelopes

    * who are the committee members?

    * how are members selected?

    * what accounting firm is used?

    This topic has the most comments so far on my News Blog… It is one topic that remains fairly hot as it has the potential to build or destroy the core of Barbados’ Entertainment scene

  21. John

    …. well, I guess the alternative is C&W.

  22. Wilfrid

    Gentleman Jim, there were in fact only 10 persons who had all 40 questions correct. A treasure hunt was in fact held, which covered 10 parishes.

  23. Jerome Hinds

    Was it possible that Mia somehow used her influence at CBC to leave out Owen’s parish, St. Peter, wilfrid….????

  24. Wilfrid

    Jerome, the parish left out was actually St. Lucy.

  25. Marva

    Wilfred, why didn’t you give Gentleman Jim all the correct answers?

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  27. Anonymous

    It seems like in 2014 nothing has changed and that is a sad sad thing