Thursday, December 31, 2009

Ontario couple accused in Kijiji hockey ticket scam

From Durham Regional Police Service:

A couple from Courtice are facing fraud charges after allegedly selling hockey and concert tickets online but never delivering the tickets.

On the 30th of December 2009, the two suspects were arrested at their Courtice, Ontario residence without incident. Angela SARACO, age 30 and Lonny SMITH, age 35, both of John Walter Crescent in Courtice were charged with Fraud Over $5000 and released on a Promise to Appear.

The investigation began after a victim came forward to police. From that complaint, several victims were discovered. The frauds took place between May 2009 and December 23rd, 2009.

Detectives from the DRPS Fraud Unit focused on several advertisements placed on Internet site KIJIJI for concert tickets including a Taylor Swift concert in Toronto and a number of Toronto Maple Leaf games. The victims of the fraud responded to the ads and sent money via email money transfers. They would never receive the tickets they paid for and the suspects would stop responding to their subsequent emails and phone calls.

It is believed there are at least 45 victims attributed to these suspects. Investigators have been contacted by a number of them, however some victims remain unidentified. So far, the victims have been from Durham Region, locations across the Greater Toronto Area, Calgary and Fredericton.

This investigation is not related to an earlier investigation of Taylor Swift concert tickets being counterfeited in which a male was charged with fraud.

The email addresses used by the suspects include, but are not limited to, the following:

alana.laverty@hotmail.com
chantal.pierce@hotmail.com
saraharsenault58@live.ca
arianna.nesbitt@yahoo.com
gibsonholly@hotmail.com
catherine.bianco@hotmail.com
miller.victoria@hotmail.com
rogers.amanda@hotmail.com
d.mcmillan@hotmail.com
s.watson@live.ca

Anyone with new information about this investigation is asked to contact D/Cst. Jim Doucette of the DRPS Major Fraud Unit at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 5364. Anonymous tips can be made to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or www.durhamcrimestoppers.ca and tipsters may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2,000.

3 Responses to “Ontario couple accused in Kijiji hockey ticket scam”

Anonymous said...
January 12, 2010 at 4:29 PM

I was scammed by s watson, glad she got caught & I hope she will get what she deserves, and can't do this to anyone else..


Anonymous said...
March 4, 2010 at 10:08 AM

john.costas@hotmail.com or John Costas aka Tyler Perry of the cookiedealer.com aka Alex Thompson a-thompson81@live.ca aka highroots69@hotmail.com is a ticket scammer operating in Canada probably from Eastern Europe as his English is very poor and he only accepts 'EMT money transfer" because 'it is principal' he says. What he is asking you to do is send money from your bank account to an email address he probably just created. Once he gets your money he's gone. Surprisingly, I guess this works because he keeps doing it.

Call the police if you ever get an email from any of the above regarding tickets. Also, if you offer to pay cash or pick up in person ( I even offered to send cash in the mail just to see how far he would push this EMT thing - and HE SAID CASH ISN'T SAFE! ONLY EMT! because, of course, cash sent to the snail mail address he gives will never get to him because its not an honest address.


You Suck at Kijiji said...
March 4, 2010 at 12:50 PM

If you can't pick it up in person with cash, you should only spend money you don't mind losing.


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