The Canadian police have arrested two Nigerians, Gbemisola Akinrinade and Adebowale Adiatu, on suspicion of enriching themselves through the selling of legitimate airline tickets to unsuspecting clients.
In the racketeering conspiracy, the suspects allegedly sold more than 250 plane tickets fraudulently for more than $500,000, according to Canada Today.
Based on a news statement issued by the Peel Regional Police on January 26, 2023, the bulk of the clients who bought the tickets were from the Calgary area, and the flights were mostly to Africa.
Charges against the suspects include fraud, conspiring to commit an indictable offense, possession of property obtained via criminal activity, acquiring under false pretenses, and illegal computer use.
The police claim that many fraud-related instances involve the coercion, manipulation, and exploitation of people in vulnerable positions for the financial gain of the fraudster.
However, they urged individuals to properly source the website they are dealing with and verify its legitimacy.
Peel Regional Police said: “Anyone who recognises or has information about this type of case is asked to contact the 21 Division C.I.B or Fraud Bureau at (905) 453–2121, ext. 2133 or 3335 or to your local police service. Information may also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by visiting peelcrimestoppers.”