Jailed Scammer Ordered To Pay Back £200,000 To Dating Scam Victims

Tosin Femi Olasemo

A Match.com scammer has been ordered to pay back £200,000 of the money he stole from victims.

Tosin Femi Olasemo, 37, pretended to be a US Army officer stationed in Afghanistan called Captain Morgan Travis.

Olasemo created a number of fake profiles to defraud his two victims, based in Denmark, who sent the scammer over £440,000 in total.

Conducting his scams from Cardiff, the fraudster was arrested by police last year and pled guilty to 12 charges, including fraud and possessing false ID documents.

The scammer was sentenced to four and a half years in prison last July at Cardiff Crown Court.

However this wasn’t the end of the investigation into the fraud, as a Proceeds of Crime Act enquiry was conducted after the conviction that discovered the scammer had links to bank accounts in Nigeria.

These accounts had £150,000 in them, and Olasemo was also found to own land in Nigeria worth £47,000, as well as the £1,100 he had in his flat when police arrested him.

And last week a confiscation hearing at Cardiff Crown Court ordered Olasemo to repay £200,707 to his two victims, who both live in Denmark.

If he fails to do so, the fraudster will serve a further two and a half years in prison.

At the end of his sentence Olasemo will also be deported from the UK.

Paul Giess, South Wales Police Inspector from the Economic Crime Unit, said: “This case has demonstrated the dangers of providing personal details and sending money to strangers online.

“Fraudsters use a variety of tactics to con their victims, such as pretending to be in need of urgent medical attention or having been discharged from the armed services into a life of poverty.”

Read more about the case here.