Toronto moving company scam: 42-year-old man charged

A 42-year-old man has been arrested and charged with fraud at a moving company, Toronto police said.

Officers were called to the Cosburn and Pape Avenues area on Thursday for a dispute.

A man hired a moving company online and was told their services would cost between $600 and $800. When the movers arrived, the man paid a $400 deposit.

According to police, the man paid another $400 to the supervisor halfway through loading his belongings.

Later, the supervisor is said to have told the man that the final bill for the moving service was $3,200. When the man refused to pay, the supervisor allegedly withheld his property from unloading.

On Friday, police announced the arrest of Toronto resident Dashen Smith. He has been charged with false pretenses under $5,000, fraud under $5,000, mischief with property under $5,000, and possession of property obtained through crime under $5,000.

Police said he appeared in court on Friday and was released on bail with conditions.

Police believe there may be more victims.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5500 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477) or www.222tips.com.

It is the latest arrest in connection with the moving company scam. Two men who operated various budget businesses and a woman were charged with allegedly forcing customers to overprice and hold onto their items when they could not pay.

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