250 airline tickets were fraudulently issued as second arrest made of Brampton woman
Published February 26, 2023 at 7:00 am
Investigators from 21 Division Criminal Investigation Bureau have charged a second individual in connection with an Airline Ticket Scam occurring across the GTA.
Between June 2021 and December 2021, two suspects misrepresented themselves as working for travel agencies based out of the United Kingdom to obtain access to a secure online booking portal belonging to a major European airline.
It is alleged that these two individuals fraudulently sold valid flight tickets to unsuspecting customers and collected the payments to benefit themselves financially.
Over 250 airline tickets were fraudulently issued and sold at a value of more than $500,000. The majority of the customers who purchased the tickets were from the Calgary area and the flights were primarily to Africa.
On Saturday, February 24, 2023, 44-year-old Gbemisola Akinrinade from Brampton was charged with the following alleged criminal offences:
- Obtain by False Pretense
- Unlawful Use of a Computer
- Fraud Over $5000
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime
- Conspiracy to Commit an Indictable Offence
- Fraud Under $5000
Gbemisola Akinrinade, left, and Adebowale Adiatu face charges in an airline ticket scam. Peel Regional Police handout.
Peel Regional Police remain dedicated to the protection of individuals and groups in our community. In many fraud-related cases, people in vulnerable situations are coerced, manipulated and taken advantage of for the profit of the fraudster. Police urge individuals to properly source the website they are dealing with and verify legitimacy.
If you suspect you were scammed by this individual or have information about this case, you are urged 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.ca.insauga's Editorial Standards and Policies advertising