A married man who swindled almost $90,000 from a woman on a dating site has been jailed for three years.
Qaiser Saeed, 40, from Hayes in London’s west was jailed on Tuesday for crimes committed against a 39-year-old woman in 2013.
Saeed fled the country to Pakistan after being arrested in 2014 on suspicion of fraud. He returned to England in 2019 though and was arrested on arrival at Heathrow Airport.
In 2013 Saeed, through a “web of lies”, told his victim he was a single man who owned his own company. In reality he was a married security guard with children.
He claimed his account had been frozen and relied on the woman’s good nature to transfer him more than $89,000. The fraudster told his victim the money was going to pay his employees’ wages.
Saeed was found guilty in court last year of fraud by false representation and was sentenced to three years behind bars on Tuesday.
Metro Police Detective Sergeant James Harbour said the 40-year-old “wilfully deceived the victim telling lie upon lie”.
"Scammers such as Saeed are skilled liars who weave a complex web of falsehoods in order to manipulate vulnerable or trusting people, playing on their emotions before taking their money under false pretences,” he said.
"Anyone can fall victim, regardless of age or gender. It is not unusual for victims to feel too embarrassed to tell police or a trusted person, or they may continue to believe that the suspect is telling them the truth as the reality of being scammed by someone they cared about is too difficult to contemplate.
“I urge anyone who has fallen victim to this type of fraud to get in touch with police straight away. There is nothing to be embarrassed about, and you will be supported by officers who understand how this despicable crime works and will support you.”
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