A jet setter and diamond mob is looking for his true love on the online platform Tinder. At least that’s what Shimon Hayut aka Simon Leviev pretends to the women on duty. In truth, he wants her money so he can finance his life of luxury. the Netflix movie The Tinder Swindler or “The Tinder Swindler” the lies of the scammer come to light. But what does Shimon Hayut aka Simon Leviev today?
Netflix film: What is the “Tinder swindler” doing today?
At the end of the Netflix film The Tinder Swindler, we learn that “Simon” was arrested in Greece by Interpol. He was then imprisoned in Israel. That happened at the end of June 2019. He was sentenced to 15 months but was released after five.
However, according to VG, Simon Leviev was not arrested for cheating on the women, but for theft and fraud. Among other things, the VG journalists found the following about the “Tinder Swindler”:
- Simon was previously charged with theft, counterfeiting and fraud in 2011. He never appeared in court but fled to Europe.
- In 2017, a new criminal case was opened in Israel. He didn’t show up again.
According to Netflix, the “Tinder Swindler” operates a website under the name of Simon Leviev and offers business advice. We couldn’t find them. However, we spotted an article about “real estate expert Simon Leviev” in Vents Magazine from November 4, 2021. There he shares five tips to help aspiring realtors build a career.
Tinder bans the scammer
Tinder reveals to Variety that Shimon Hayut aka Simon Leviev is no longer with the dating platform.
“We have conducted internal investigations and can confirm that Simon Leviev is no longer active on Tinder under any of his known aliases.”
Tinder via Variety
Instagram is also said to have banned him. However, there are currently several new “official” accounts with the name Simon Leviev, so it is unclear which account is real. We found the most followers (around 74,000) on a profile where a story was uploaded a few days ago. In it, “Simon” explains that Instagram has banned his account. He thanks everyone for their support and wants to tell the “whole truth” in a few days.
The posts that show the man on the beach, at the pool or in a private jet look “real”. However, we’re not 100% sure if this is the real Tinder Swindler from the Netflix movie.
“Simon Leviev” wants to go to Hollywood
TMZ.com reports that the “Tinder swindler” wants his own dating show with a concept similar to The Bachelor. He also wants to write a book and start a podcast with dating tips. He is said to be under contract with Gina Rodriguez (Gitoni Inc).
The manager has run “one of Hollywood’s most successful management companies” for more than 13 years and has worked in the entertainment industry since 1992.
That’s what women do today
The women he exploited say they are disappointed and shocked by Israel’s decision. The Times of Israel reports that one victim explains:
“Private detectives and Interpol people are waiting for him to leave Israel to arrest him. He ruined my life and devastated me emotionally and financially. I will never in my life forgive him for what he did to me. He will pay dearly for his actions and we will ensure that he goes to prison for many years. I thought there were laws in Israel, but unfortunately the judicial system encourages fraud.”
Three of the betrayed women, who also have their say in the Netflix film, have launched a gofundme initiative. Ayleen, Pernilla and Cecilie explain what happened to them and anyone who wants can donate.
Tinder Swindler Background
The Tinder Swindler, known from the Netflix film, used the dating app Tinder to cheat on scores of women across Europe while living a life of luxury. So when he met the women, he first showed himself to be a charming, friendly diamond mogul; won her affection and trust. If they were emotionally involved, he would pretend that he was in trouble and that “enemies” were threatening his life. For security reasons, he could no longer use his credit card and asked the women to open a new card under their name.
Not only the Netflix film “The Tinder Swindler” shows a scammer with “Simon Leviev”. The impostor Anna Delvey aka Anna Sorokin gets a whole fictionalized Netflix series with “Inventing Anna”.
Source: Netflix, VG, Vents Magazine, Variety, Instagram/simon_leviev_official, Gitoni, gofundme