Customers across Canada and the United States responded to the ads and paid for the supposed tickets through email money transfers and money transfer service businesses, Toronto police said in a news release.
“In some cases, the man used bank accounts belonging to a woman he had duped to receive email money transfers from customers,” police alleged.
They never received the tickets.
At least 75 victims were allegedly scammed but investigators believe there may be more, said police, who probed the operation from last August until Wednesday before making an arrest.
On Wednesday, police arrested Shaun Michael Nixon, 36, of Hamilton. He’s charged with fraud over $5,000 and two counts of failing to comply with probation.
A police spokesperson told The Canadian Press that Nixon is known to police and has a history of being charged with similar offences.
In 2012, Nixon was sentenced to 15 months in jail for ripping off about 40 people in a $14,000 concert ticket scam.
A year earlier, he served six months for similar offences. And in 2007, he spent a year in jail after being sentenced in Hamilton for defrauding 92 people of $18,000.