< Fraud suspect rented nonexistent downtown parking spots: Police

Fraud suspect rented nonexistent downtown parking spots: Police

City police say a 32-year-old Ottawa man is now wanted on a fraud charge for allegedly renting out spaces in the core that didn’t actually exist.

They’ve obtained an arrest warrant for Daniel MacKay on charges of fraud under $5,000 and breach of recognizance.

Police say he placed online advertisements and took cash for parking spots in December and January.

The parking spots – marks were even texted pictures – were offered in exclamation point-laden ads on Kijiji for $150 to $175 a month. Payment was via e-transfer arranged electronically, never face to face.

But when the complainants arrived to use the spot they believed they’d secured, they were told by the rightful owners of the spot that it had never been for rent. One person had their car towed.

Police say they’re concerned that there may be other victims who they’re asking to report online at ottawapolice.ca.

“The organized fraud unit would like to remind consumers to be vigilant when purchasing items online from unknown persons,” police said in a release.

MacKay is described as a white male, six feet tall and 185 pounds with a medium build and balding brown hair.

Anyone with information is asked to call the organized fraud unit at 613-236-1222, ext.5433. Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or by downloading the Ottawa police app.

Read the full story over at The Ottawa Citizen.

Devin Jones is the head writer and social media producer at Canadian Fraud News. Devin was raised in Toronto and is a graduate of the Ryerson University journalism program. As a former Digital Media editor at the Ryerson Review of Journalism, you can find Devin camera and coffee in hand, at his home photo studio.