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Online scammer caught by police
Published Wednesday, February 27, 2013 9:54AM MST
Last Updated Wednesday, February 27, 2013 6:27PM MST
A man, who bilked unsuspecting consumers out of their money in online ticket scams, has been arrested by police in Calgary.
They say that between July 2012 and January 2013, Giancarlo Iandoli, 23, of Toronto, posed as a realtor and ticket agent to take advantaged of members of the public renting property or looking to buy items online.
It’s alleged that he used Kijiji to contact potential victims.
Police say that by posing as a representative of Century 21, StubHub, or Ticketmaster, he took advantage of the trust his victims placed in him to convince them he had the items they were looking for.
After a series of communications over the phone and online, the victims would then pay for the items via email transfers, Western Union transactions, prepaid Visa cards, or Ukash.
In all of the transactions, the items involved were fake or non-existent.
Police say that in some of the offences, Iandoli was able to convince his victims to pay extra.
The victims never met Iandoli.
On Feb. 19, police charged him with 12 counts of fraud and 12 counts of theft under $5,000.
Police say that he also operated under the aliases of Carlos Keppinger, Franco Scavuzzo, Chris Werner, and Justin or Tristen Rizzo.
Iandoli has been released on bail and will appear in court on March 14, 2013, in Calgary.