Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Cops close in on Kijiji scammers in Hamilton, Edmonton, Halton, Ottawa, Peel, Sudbury, Toronto, Waterloo and Winnipeg
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Kijiji scams are often blamed on foreigners - Nigerians have a bad reputation - but a lot of the crooks who troll for stupid people in the online classifieds are home-grown criminals.
Any regular reader of YouSuckatKijiji.com would have to be an idiot or very greedy to get taken by the weak, simple, and easy-to-avoid Western Union and PayPal scams perpetrated by these swindlers. In fact, anyone who sees the bold and obvious "LOCAL, CASH and IN PERSON" warnings all over the Kijiji site should know better. But, some people think they're smart and end up paying thousands in Stupid Tax.
Let's look at some of the latest police work to pursue and prosecute these Kijiji crooks.
A 20-year-old from Hamilton managed to bilk more than $35-thousand dollars from 23 victims across Canada. Those are just the ones being prosecuted. Imagine how many more came forward but without evidence, and how many more were just so ashamed of their own stupidity that they said nothing. Police in Hamilton teamed up with officers in Toronto and surrounding regions, Ottawa, Subdury and Waterloo, and as far away as Edmonton and Winnipeg.
He was selling electronics and tickets to sports and concerts. Remember that -- Kijiji concert tickets and sports tickets are among the easiest things by which you can be ripped off.
The man, whose name has not been released, is accused of Fraud Over $5000 (x3) and Fraud Under $5000 (x21!). It's not his first brush with the law, as he's also charged with 19 counts of breaching his probation and six breaches of recognizance. What a dick.
Meantime, police in Winnipeg were working their own case while helping Hamilton police with theirs.
This guy used other peoples' pics and details to hustle cars that he didn't have. One case involved a 2005 BMW, the other a 2005 BMW M3. Same car? How the hell would I know?
Anyway, the rubes in this case sent the guy electronic money transfers for thousands of dollars without ever having seen the vehicles in person. Are people that dumb? Yes, actually, they are. People do this ever day. It doesn't matter what name is on the email or how badly you want the thing, DO NOT SEND MONEY BY WESTERN UNION TO PEOPLE ON KIJIJI. Same for PayPal -- unless you seriously know what you're doing, DO NOT SEND PAYPAL FOR KIJIJI PURCHASES.
It's easy for these Kijiji crooks to do business all over the place. This guy scammed people in Ontario and Saskatchewan.
The money has not been recovered. A 28-year-old Winnipeg man is charged with two counts of Fraud Over $5000.
Sorry, I don't have his name either. The name doesn't matter so much -- the lesson for Kijiji users should be clear. Don't send people money for stuff you can't see in person.