On Wednesday, Toronto police said between April 2021 and Feb. 2022, a man allegedly defrauded “several individuals” in Toronto.
Police said a man would reach out to victims on Kijiji, Facebook Marketplace or Snapchat and would “agree to buy various pieces of merchandise, mainly designer shoes and clothing.”
The man would then meet the victims and pay for the items using fraudulent cheques, deposited through mobile banking.
The cheques would be worth more than the items purchased, and the victims would then transfer the difference back to the man.
“The cheques were placed on hold, and determined to be fraudulent,” the release reads.
Before the victims figured it out that it was a scam, the man would have already fled the scene with both the merchandise and money.
According to officers, police are now searching for 22-year-old Tyrese Campbell-Fraser.
He is wanted for:
- 5 counts of fraud over $5,000,
- 29 counts of fraud under $5,000,
- 30 counts of causing another person to act on a forged document,
- 4 counts of theft under $5,000,
- 2 counts of uttering threats; and,
- 27 counts of failing to comply with probation
Officers say Campbell-Fraser is six-feet tall and weighs 180 pounds. He has braided hair with fade on the sides and a black beard.
Police said he has tattoos of “Heaven Fraser” on his right forearm, and one that says “514” on his left forearm.
Investigators believe there may be more victims. Anyone with information is asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers.
This article was originally sourced by www.globalnews.ca.