"Scammers, such as Saeed, are skilled liars"
Qaiser Saeed, aged 40, of Hayes, London, was jailed for three years after he conned a woman out of more than £47,000 after meeting her on a dating site.
He befriended the lonely victim on a dating site in May 2013, posing as a single businessman, despite being married with children.
Saeed spent four months complimenting the oblivious victim and making false statements about himself, including that he was single and owned his own company.
He then claimed to the woman that his account had been frozen as he had been a victim of fraud.
Saeed duped the woman into transferring large sums of money into his account after saying he needed to pay his employees’ wages until his account was unfrozen.
In reality, Saeed worked as a security guard.
The money sent to him by the victim totalled £47,650.
Saeed was initially arrested on suspicion of fraud on April 14, 2014. He was released on bail shortly afterwards.
In a bid to evade justice, Saeed fled to Pakistan.
Then five years later in September 2019, Saeed flew into Heathrow Airport on a student visa.
Much to his surprise, he was arrested again on suspicion of fraud by false representation and was charged the following day.
Saeed was convicted on September 3, 2020.
At Isleworth Crown Court on September 7, 2021, Saeed was sentenced to three years in prison.
Detective Sergeant James Harbour said:
“Qaiser Saeed wilfully deceived the victim telling lie upon lie in order to deceive her into parting with her money.”
“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.
“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.”