Hamilton man charged in romance scam

Zeeshan Qureshi is facing multiple fraud charges. (Halton Police handout)

Zeeshan Qureshi is facing multiple fraud charges. (Halton Police handout)

Terry Davidson, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 4:05 PM ET

TORONTO ─ A Hamilton, Ont., man is facing fraud charges after allegedly scamming two women he met through a dating website.

Investigators allege 30-year-old Zeeshan Qureshi began dating two women ─ one in her 50s, the other in her 30s ─ after meeting them online, and proceeded to "weave a fabulous sounding story of success," earn their trust, and used the scam to "borrow" money that was never returned.

Police say that Qureshi ─ who is reportedly took around $40,000 from the victims ─ set up a fake name and profile on what investigators call a "popular dating site." Investigators believe the accused may have used multiple aliases. One alleged fake profile is "Alex Hermain, a 38-year-old from Burlington."

One of the victims is reportedly from Toronto, the other from Halton Region.

Qureshi is charged with fraud over $5,000, fraud under $5,000 and being in the possession of the proceeds of crime. He is due in a Milton, Ont., courtroom March 26.


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