Fraudster used dating sites to con women out of thousands of pounds

Online dating fraudster Amir Tofangsazan has been jailed Credit: Metropolitan Police

A fraudster who posed as a doctor and a barrister to con thousands of pounds from women he met through online dating sites has been jailed.

Amir Tofangsazan, of Norfolk Road, Barnet has been jailed for seven years and nine months in jail for 15 counts of fraud. He was found guilty on Wednesday, 27th May following a five week trial at Isleworth Crown Court.

He created a number of profiles on online dating sites using different aliases as well as adopting several personalities including those of a doctor and a barrister.

Once a victim had made contact, Tofangsazan would gain their trust and after a few weeks was able to convince them that they were in a secure relationship.

One of his victims was so convinced that the relationship was long term, that Tofangsazan was able to defraud her of nearly £15,000. He used a number of excuses to take money from her and she trusted him and felt sorry for him, unaware that he was lying to her.

Tofangsazan was eventually caught out by the victim after she found a note in his pocket with his real name. After searching him online, she found out he was involved in a number of other frauds and contacted police.

Tofangsazan's sole intention was to exploit women by creating a web of lies purely for financial gain or to fulfill his sexual fantasies. All his victims were deceived into thinking that they were talking to a man who was genuinely looking for love but ended up being used.

I would like to thank all the victims involved for their courage in assisting police with the investigations and going through the distressing experience of giving evidence about a very personal subject.

– Detective Sergeant Richard Jones, Hammersmith & Fulham CID