Fort St. John RCMP says the victims believed they had purchased equipment over the websites FSJ Now and Kijiji, but Kowalczyk failed to deliver the equipment after they had sent him money. The dealings occurred between February and April of this year, and involved machinery listed between $2,000 and $49,000.
Corporal Jodi Shelkie warns the public to be cautious when purchasing items online.
“Never send money to the seller until they are able to physically supply the item. When it comes time to meet the seller to exchange the money for the purchased item, it is safest to take someone with you and to meet in a public place,” she advises. “And remember, the picture of the item for sale may not be what the item actually is. Inspect everything before you pay any money.”
Kowalczyk is not previously known to police. His next court hearing is October 2, 2013.