11/12/2015 17:47 EST | Updated 11/12/2016 00:12 EST

Toronto police arrest woman for fraudulent high-end handbag sales

Toronto police have arrested a woman for the fraudulent sale of high-fashion items in a scheme targeted at Toronto's Vietnamese community.

The woman allegedly posed as an employee of luxury retailer Holt Renfrew in an online fashion market forum where she befriended victims and offered help to get them discounts of up to 40 per cent on high-end shoes and handbags.

Police say the woman had interested buyers transfer the money for the items online or meet her to deliver the money in person.

When the victims handed her the cash, the accused reportedly left without returning. 

A 21-year old woman has been charged with fraud over $5,000, four counts of fraud under $5000 and fraud affecting the public market. She was scheduled to appear in court Thursday morning.

Police believe there may be other victims and asking anyone with information to contact them at 416-808-5300, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477) or online at