Mississauga – Peel Regional Police Fraud investigators have made an arrest in a Kijiji and Craigslist “ticket scam”.
On March 19, 2014, Shaun Michael NIXON, 33 years old, of no fixed address, was arrested and charged with Defraud the Public and two counts of Selling/Possessing Counterfeit Marks in relation to false identifications which were in his possession. NIXON is knownto go by the aliases Shaun MICHAEL, Adam CARSON and Ryan ROBERTSON.
NIXON is alleged to have advertised the sale of tickets for sports and concert events, which were never in his possession, on Kijiji and Craigslist. Once NIXON received money for the fraudulent ticket sales, all communication with the victim’s ceased.
The average amount defrauded by this means is alleged to be $500 to $2000 per transaction, and the total amount defrauded is believed to be in excess of $250,000. There are approximately 15 known victims in Peel Region, as well as victims in several other jurisdictions in the greater Toronto area and across Canada.
Shaun NIXON appeared before the Ontario Court of Justice on Thursday, March 20, 2014, where he was held in custody pending a future court appearance.
Anyone who may have information with respect to this investigation, or if you believe you may have been defrauded in the manner described above, is asked to call investigators in the Fraud Bureau at (905) 453-2121, ext. 3335. Anonymous tips can also be left with Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or through their website, www.peelcrimestoppers.ca., or by sending a text message to CRIMES (274637) with the word “PEEL” and then your tip.
Peel Police would like to remind people that fraudulent scams, such as the one described above, are an on-going concern for investigators. Do not provide personal information, including banking information, to anyone unless you have confirmed their identity.
For more information about fraud scams, please visit the Canadian Anti-fraud Center website at www.antifraudcentre.ca or contact our Crime Prevention Bureau at (905)453-2121, ext. 4020.
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