Canadian police have arrested two Nigerians, Gbemisola Akinrinade and Adebowale Adiatu, for allegedly enriching themselves by selling valid airline tickets to unsuspecting customers.

According to Canada Today, the suspects fraudulently sold more than 250 airline tickets worth more than $500,000 in the scam scheme.

Most of the customers who purchased the tickets were from the Calgary area and the flights were primarily to Africa, according to a Jan. 26, 2023, Peel Regional Police news release.

The suspects face charges including fraud, conspiracy to commit an indictable offense, possession of criminally obtained property, obtaining under false pretense and unlawful use of a computer.

According to the police authorities, in many cases related to fraud, people in vulnerable situations are coerced, manipulated and taken advantage of for the benefit of the fraudster.

However, they urged people to properly search for the website they are dealing with and check its legitimacy.

“Anyone who recognizes or has information about these types of cases should contact the 21 CIB Division or the Fraud Office at (905) 453–2121, ext. 2133 or 3335 or your local police service. Information can also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), or by visiting peelcrimestoppers.”

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