09/13/2013 17:47 EDT | Updated 11/13/2013 05:12 EST

Alleged fraudster accused of pay cheque scam

Police are searching for a man they say scammed several victims out of their money by asking them to cash non-existent cheques.

Two arrest warrants have been issued for 29-year-old Andrew Yakub, accused of fraud under $5,000.

Police say that Yakub befriends his victims and tells them that his wallet has either been recently stolen or lost. He asks his victims to help him by depositing his pay cheque into their bank accounts and give him the cash.

But instead of a pay cheque, Yakub hands over an empty deposit envelope, police say. The victims then withdraw the funds they think were deposited and give them to to Yakub.

Police say they have received several complaints about Yakub and believe there are more victims.

Yakub is described as brown, 5'10", 220 lbs, with a heavy build. He has black hair and has been known to be either clean-shaven or wear a goatee. He is known to frequent the downtown core, particularly Chinatown and the Eaton Centre area.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-5200 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477). People can also leave tips by going online at or by texting TOR and a message to CRIMES (274637).