The catfisher from hell, a serial “romance fraudster” in Barnet, England, who conned women he met through Tinder and Bumble out of considerable amounts of money, had been busted for the third time for his conniving exploits, the Daily Mail reports.
Amir Tofangsazan, 33, used that old standby, a picture of a male model, to fraudulently claim to women he met on Tinder and Bumble that he was a world-class surgeon or a successful lawyer.
Then the fraudster would ask these unsuspecting women he met on Tinder and Bumble to loan him money. The women were never reimbursed.
This isn’t Tofangsazan’s first time at the rodeo. In 2015, he was sentenced to seven years and nine months after being convicted of 15 counts of fraud for similar criminal high jinx.
He began conning women again after getting hold of a phone while on day release from an open prison in 2018 – and was sentenced to another three years.
His repeated offense notwithstanding, Tofangsazan was released from prison early.
The fraudster got right back on the saddle and started defrauding women through Tinder and Bumble.
According to the Mirror, prosecutor Helen Owen said at his recent sentencing: “These are people who had already succumbed to the defendant’s deception in the past and so he knew them to be vulnerable and also potentially an easy target.”
But fortunately, one of the women got suspicious and called the cops to report the scam artist.
He admitted six counts of breaching the criminal behaviour order last November.
According to MyLondon, Tofangsazan has pleaded guilty to breaching his criminal behavior order that banned the serial fraudster from using Tinder or Bumble to meet women while he was on conditional release from prison. He was also culpable for having multiple cell phones and failing to inform the police that he had a laptop.
Now the fraudster has been slapped with another three years in prison for his nefarious manipulation of the women he tempted through Tinder and Bumble.
Judge John Dodd read the serial criminal the riot act, saying, “It’s particularly sinister in my view that you targeted those women knowing they had previously fallen for your deception and you were now using a new false person to target them each again as if they haven’t suffered enough already.”
The judge continued, saying of the fraudster’s efforts to torment the women he found through Tinder and Bumble, “This was blatant and considered disgraceful behavior in breaching a protective order imposed as part of your sentence that was designed and intended to prevent others falling victim to your cruel deceits.”
Tofangsazan was conditionally released from prison on November 4, 2019 and three days later he began to contact two women who were witnesses in his previous trial – calling himself Jason. Then, on December 10, 2019, he contacted a woman he had previously been in a relationship with via a dating app. She knew him as Matt Fleming.
Detective Constable Lisa Hilliard said of the fraudster who torments women he meets through Tinder and Bumble, “Tofangsazan is a serial offender and I am pleased that the Judge has recognised the seriousness of his actions, so soon after being released from a previous prison sentence.”
She said she hoped that now that the fraudster and haunting presence on Tinder and Bumble was behind bars again, his women victims could move forward with their lives.
“Tofangsazan has proven repeatedly that he cannot be trusted to cease his callous criminal activities, something he will have sufficient time to ponder as he serves yet another sentence,” Hillard continued, according to the Evening Standard, speaking of the fraudster who duped women he met on Tinder and Bumble.
“I applaud the victims in all of the cases relating to Tofangsazan for coming forward, their actions have ensured that he will not have the opportunity to lie his way into other women’s lives or bank accounts for some time to come.”
“Fraudsters of this type work very hard at their cover stories, they are incredibly convincing and completely without conscience. They also rely heavily on the victim’s trusting good nature and the fact that they may be too embarrassed to report them.