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Calgary man charged in online auto parts scam
Published Tuesday, February 9, 2016 10:12AM MST
A 26-year-old man is facing numerous charges resulting from a lengthy, Canada-wide investigation into online vehicle parts fraud.
A Newfoundland man filed a complaint with police in November 2015 saying he had sent money to someone who had advertised a vehicle part on a buy-and-sell website.
The man claimed that he never received the part and that he was unable to contact the person he sent the money to in order to get a refund.
Police launched an investigation and discovered that more than 50 people across the country have also fallen victim to the type of scam.
They say victims reported that they were contacted by a man after placing ads online in search of certain auto parts and that the man would ask for payment up-front or a deposit to cover the cost of shipping. After receiving payment by e-transfer or wire transfer, the man wouldn’t send the parts and did not return any of the money.
Investigators say others alleged that the man offered to do mechanical work on a vehicle and then either would not complete the work or he would claim the vehicles had been stolen from outside his home.
Jeffrey John Keizer, 26, of Calgary, who also goes by the name of Jack Van Der Van, Kyle Brown and Kenny MacDonald, was arrested in southeast Calgary last week and is charged with one count of theft of a motor vehicle and 10 counts of fraud under $5,000.
He is expected to make his next court appearance on Friday, February 19, 2016.