“Tinder Swindler,” was made available through the Netflix streaming service, and it quickly was a hit and one of the top-rated movies on the market.
Netflix’s latest documentary “The Tinder Swindler”, provided viewers with a peek into a world-class scam that was run by a single man who pretended as the world’s richest.
The film, which debuted on Wednesday, became immediately a hit, and climbed to the number. two spot of the top 10 streaming films of the nation.
It’s not surprising, given the highly intriguing storyline.
Who is the Tinder Swindler?
Simon Leviev, 31, is from Bnei Brak, Israel, and is not related with the Russian-Israeli billionaire diamond entrepreneur, Lev Leviev. His real name is Shimon Hayut, as per Esquire.
Hayut said to 3 women on the screen that he had been the billionaire who founded the jeweler supply company LLD Diamonds.
He would boast about his extravagant lifestyle initially, making customers trust them by investing cash on lavish meals events, trips, excursions and shopping indulgences. He would then claim that he’s in danger and that his adversaries are after him, so they need access to somebody who has a credit card. This way, it is impossible to trace him in the movie.
One woman said she gave him $40,000 and another claimed to have lent him up to $200,000. According the USA Today, estimates that Hayut scammed the victims of $10 million across the world.
Where is he now?
Hayut has a home in Israel as a man of no cost.
In the words of The Times of Israel, Hayut was “charged in Israel with fraud, forgery, and theft in 2011 after he allegedly refunded counterfeit checks, but he fled before he was sentenced. He was found guilty of fraud in Finland in connection with defrauding females, and was later returned to Israel in 2017 however, he was able to flee the country once again.”
Then, he assumed a new identity and began the job of scamming women. He was detained in 2019 and later charged in Israel for the crimes he had committed within the country. Hayut was sentenced to just five months in jail. According to the report “Hayut was able to meet the conditions to be released under the program designed to reduce the number of prisoners in prison due to the possibility of a coronavirus outbreak in prisons.”
In the documentary, Pernilla Sjoholm, who was one of Hayut’s victims, was informed about Hayut’s release. According to Decider she stated, “I was in shock by the decision to free Hayut. I’m very disappointed with (Israel’s) legal system that allows a person like that an opportunity to get a lesser sentence. He deceived people and left prison after five months? Did you go crazy in Israel?”
What is he up to now?
Hayut has launched a new venture in his business offering business consulting for a fee according to The Tab. The website says that Hayut “decided by himself” to become an “wealthy commercial entrepreneur.”
Tinder has informed it’s publication Hayut has left the application: “We have conducted internal investigation and can confirm that Simon Leviev is no longer active on Tinder under any of his names.”