Two men are facing numerous charges in connection with an online dating scam that allegedly saw multiple male complainants across Western Canada defrauded of tens-of-thousands of dollars from their bank accounts.
In a joint operation, Edmonton Police Service Cyber Crimes Investigative Detail and Technological Crimes Unit and members of the Calgary police, arrested two men Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016, at two separate of southwest Calgary residences.
It is alleged that Mourad Aytour, 42, and Saed Teeti, 36, (see photos below) targeted multiple male complainants on dating sites frequented by older gay males. They would then establish relationships with these men, before observing pin codes they used and stealing debit and credit cards from the complainants. In one instance, it is alleged that an elderly complainant was drugged using GHB.
Working together, the two accused are alleged to have stolen more than $80,000 from the bank accounts of eight Alberta male complainants – four in Edmonton and four in Calgary - beginning in 2015.
Aytour and Teeti are currently charged with eight counts each of fraud and theft, and numerous additional charges are pending.
Investigators also believe there may be other victims who have yet to come forward to police across Alberta and throughout the Greater Vancouver area.
Investigators are encouraging any other Edmonton and area residents that may have come into contact with Aytour and/or Teeti, to contact the Edmonton Police Service at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm.
Anyone who may have come into contact with the two accused who reside in and around the Calgary area should contact the Calgary Police Service at 403-266-1234. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm.
Anyone who may have come into contact with the two accused who reside in and around the Greater Vancouver area should contact the Vancouver Police Department at 604-717-3321. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.tipsubmit.com/start.htm.
The EPS Cyber Crimes Unit focuses on criminal activities in cyberspace that are often complex and international in scope, where the evidence is transient and spread across multiple jurisdictions.
In order to address these challenges, the EPS Cyber Crimes Unit requires multi-jurisdictional cooperation and engagement with the public, while integrating new technical tools with traditional policing measures.
Mourad Aytour, 42
Saed Teeti, 36
Note: Calgary media should contact 403-428-7979 for additional information.
Note: Vancouver media should contact 604-717-2680 for additional information.