Police arrest man in online ticket scam, say more victims may be out there
This undated photo shows a Toronto police cruiser.
Chris Fox, CP24.com
Published Friday, July 15, 2016 8:49AM EDT
Police have arrested a man who they say orchestrated an online ticket scam that victimized at least 75 people across Canada and the United States.
Toronto and Peel police began a joint investigation into the scam on August 14.
It is alleged that the suspect had placed advertisements for tickets for concerts and sports events online.
When customers contacted the man, police say he would negotiate a price for the sale of the tickets and then instruct them to send him payment through email money transfer or by using a brick-and-mortar money transfer business.
Police say that in some cases customers were also instructed to send an email money transfer to a woman who the man had duped into receiving the cash.
In all instances, police allege that the man took payment from the customers but never provided them with the tickets.
Shaun Michael Nixon, 36, of Hamilton, was arrested on July 13 and charged with fraud over $5,000 and two counts of failure to comply with probation.
Police say they believe there may be additional victims out there who have not yet come forward.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at (416) 808-7300 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at (416) 222-TIPS (8477).