Police say fraudsters targeted older gay men in Alberta on online dating sites

Two men have been charged with defrauding eight men in Calgary and Edmonton out of more than $80,000 and police believe there may be alleged victims in Vancouver and area.

EDMONTON — Two men have been charged with defrauding eight men in Calgary and Edmonton out of more than $80,000 and police believe there may be alleged victims in Vancouver and area.

Edmonton police say the accused would befriend men on a popular online dating site for older gay men, then watch them use their debit and credit cards.

Cpl. Chris Liew says the accused would set up a meeting with the men at a movie theatre, and see the pin code when the tickets were purchased.

Then the accused would ask the men to refund the tickets, which gave them another chance to see the pin code.

Four of the alleged victims are from Edmonton, four are from Calgary, and police believe there may be more in Vancouver.

Maurad Aytour, 42, and Saed Teeti, 36, are facing eight counts each of fraud and theft.

“This is just a very specific demographic that they’re targeting” likely because it was thought the complainants wouldn’t come forward once they found out they were defrauded, Liew said.