The Calgary Police Service has arrested and charged a man in connection with an online fraud investigation.
Between July 2012 and January 2013, it is alleged that a man posed as both a realtor and a ticket agent to take advantage of members of the public renting property or looking to buy items online.
The suspect used sites such as Kijiji to reply to people looking to rent accommodation in the city or those looking to buy tickets to sporting or entertainment events.
It is believed that by posing as a Century21 realtor, or a ticket agent representing StubHub or Ticketmaster, the suspect was able to gain the trust of several victims and convince them he had the items they were looking for.
They would then pay for the fictional items by transferring funds by email transfers or Western Union, or by sending prepaid Visa cards or Ukash.
In some cases, the suspect would convince the victims to make additional payments for fake tickets or non-existent accommodation.
All communications were conducted by telephone or online and the suspect and the victims never met.
Police have laid charges in relation to 12 separate offences.
On Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013, Giancarlo Iandoli, 23, of Toronto, ON, was charged with 12 counts of fraud and 12 counts of theft under.
It is alleged that Iandoli also used various aliases including Carlos Keppinger, Franco Scavuzzo, Chris Werner and Justin or Tristen Rizzo.
He has been released on bail and his next court appearance is scheduled for Thursday, March 14, 2013, in Calgary.