On Thursday August 31st 2017, members of the Hamilton Police Service executed a search warrant at an east Hamilton address and arrested a known offender Jacob Miranda (25 years of age).

Miranda has previous convictions relating to scams involving the technique of offering products for sale on the internet, accepting payment from unsuspecting victims, then failing to deliver the products as promised. Starting in 2010, multiple people from across Canada fell victim to Miranda when they attempted to purchase tickets to music or sporting events, and after sending money no tickets were ever received.

The current charges relate to the sale of sports memorabilia, where items were advertised and purchased but were either never sent or cheap substitutes sent in their place.

Miranda is also accused of creating a bogus Kijiji advertisement for “cottage rentals”, enticing unsuspecting renters who quickly found that after money was sent no further information was offered and all communication stopped.

Miranda is currently held while awaiting a bail hearing.

Hamilton Police would like to remind all potential online renters or buyers to protect themselves from fraudsters. These tips are offered from the Canadian Anti-Fraud Center.

Vacation rental scams

Warning signs – How to protect yourself

•The ad doesn’t give the exact address of the rental and the same property is listed several times with different contact people.
•Payment is requested via wire transfer, money order, or cashier’s cheque. Credit cards are not accepted.
•If possible, ask to see the property before you pay for it. If not, verify the property exists.
•Do some research on the rental