An arrest has been made after a series of ticket scams which started last summer, and spanned country-wide.
Peel police say a man posed as an event ticket seller in online classified ads, and asked victims to pay for tickets upfront using e-transfers or MoneyGram.
It’s alleged the victims were provided with a false tracking number, once they provided the suspect with an address to ship the tickets to, but he never had any tickets to sell.
It’s further alleged the suspect met women via online dating sites, told them he was a concert promoter/reviewer, and after indicating he didn’t not have access to his salary, would use their accounts. Police say they would then, unknowingly, receive funds from other victims.
Shaun Michael Nixon of no fixed address has been arrested and charged with defrauding the public and three counts of fail to comply with probation.
Peel police, who worked together with the Toronto Police Service Financial Crimes Unit and the Guelph Police Fraud Unit, say they have identified more than 180 victims to date, but are asking any others to come forward. Victims have also been identified in the US.
They are calling Nixon a “prolific Canada-wide ticket scammer.”