Online airline ticket investigation,
Hangfeng Zhang, 22, faces four charges,
Police concerned there may be other victims,
Photograph of man released
Broadcast time: 14:33
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Case #: 2017-9011448
The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of an ongoing alleged online airline ticket scam.
It is alleged that:
- between June 2017 and August 2017, several people purchased airline tickets through an online agent
- the purchases were made with Interac e-transfers from $400 to $3,000
- after the purchase was made, people could check airline websites to confirm their bookings
- days after, however, the bookings would be cancelled as they were booked with a compromised credit card
- would-be travelers lost their money and their flights
On Tuesday, September 26, 2017, Hangfeng Zhang, 22, of Toronto, was arrested. He is charged with:
1) two counts of Fraud - Under ($5000)
2) two counts of Possession of Property Obtain by Crime - Under ($5000)
He is scheduled to appear in court at 1000 Finch Avenue West, on Thursday, November 9, 2017, 2 p.m., courtroom 301.
It is further alleged that:
- he posed as an online travel agent using several aliases, including Jack Chen and Jason Wang
- after the e-transfers were received, he would deposit the money directly into his own account.
Police are concerned there may be other victims.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-3200, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.
For more news, visit TPSnews.ca.
Constable Victor Kwong, Corporate Communications, for Detective Constable Christopher Briggs, 32 Division