A Lake Country man is out more than $3,000 after he tried to buy tickets to watch the Vancouver Canucks in their quest for the Stanley Cup.
On Sunday, police were advised that the man had seen four tickets for the final round of the playoffs on a Toronto Internet classified site and had exchanged emails with the seller.
A $3,200 bank transfer was done, and since then, the victim has been unable to contact the seller and has received no tickets, said Const. Steve Holmes.
“Police are investigating the incident as a fraud and are warning the public, once again, to be wary of such offers,” said Holmes.
“There is no real way to tell if a seller, using the Internet classifieds, is honest or not.”
“It is not difficult to set up an email account, a phone number and an online bank account using false information,” he added.
“Then, after bilking unsuspecting victims of thousands of dollars, simply close up shop to avoid detection, and start all over again.”
He urges people to do their homework before buying anything online. Stick with reputable retailers and ask lots of questions.
If possible, Holmes said to use a company like Pay Pal to facilitate purchases as they can insure against loss.