‘Tinder Swindler’ Finally Banned On Dating App
Chamoun Hayut withdrew more than 8.7 million euros from the women’s pockets. He met her under a pseudonym on Tinder and wrapped her around his finger. His story exploded – but he’s still allowed to flirt on a dating app. Until now.
eWhether as an audio file or as a series: Stories based on real criminal cases fascinate audiences. The latest true crime fascinates viewers: the Netflix docu movie The Tinder Swindler.
In it, three women recount how they were matching on Tinder with a man named Simon Leviev. Obviously a real stroke of luck: he loved to travel, was good-looking, very charming and also the son of a diamond emperor. At least that’s what he said. What I’m hiding: His real name is Shimon Hayut – and he was only wanted in Israel for traveling on false passports. He was also in a Finnish prison for cheating women out of their money.
But his trick is now over. Tinder has banned him from a dating app. Before we tell you how the whole story went off and what a Tinder scammer is doing right now, a question for you:
‘The Tinder Swindler’: When Netflix released the documentary, he was still actively looking for a match
And with it the potential risk for other women to fall victim to his scams. But shortly after the US broadcasting service released the documentary by director Felicity Morris in early February, Tinder launched an internal investigation. A company spokesperson told Variety:
We have conducted an internal investigation and can confirm that Simon Leviev is no longer active on Tinder under any of his known alias.
It should remain so in the future. His Instagram account, which had more than 200,000 subscribers, has been deleted, or at least is no longer visible. It was an important part of his lie: a “Tinder scammer” impersonating the son of the Uzbek diamond millionaire Lev Lev Lev. On the account, his Tinder dates can get an insight into his alleged luxury life. To boost the impression, he invited women he met on Tinder to fly in private planes, donating expensive hotels and food.
Tinder scammer has not yet been convicted of scamming his love
In fact, this luxury was funded by other women who had already fallen into his scam. First, gain women’s trust by playing the role of the perfect boyfriend. Then he suddenly pretended to be in danger. The statement said that for security reasons, he was unable to obtain his money. He asked his girlfriends for short-term loans and issued various American Express credit cards – all just to ensure his “safety”. When his partners became suspicious and asked when he would pay the money, his tone became aggressive and he lost touch. Women still pay off their debts to this day. Tinder fraud doesn’t have to stand for anything.
Because: Hayut was arrested and brought before an Israeli court. However, there he was sentenced to only 15 months in prison, of which he had to serve only five. Because the punishment was not due to fraud against women, which amounted to millions, but because of previous crimes in Israel related to identity fraud. He now lives a fairly normal life in Israel – and has completely returned to his luxurious world. According to the Netflix documentary, the Israeli model is said to be his current partner.
It is not clear if it still is
After the documentary was shown on Netflix, you’ve likely heard about the reports in the Norwegian daily newspaper VG. The newspaper was the first medium to provide extensive coverage of the issue. You may also have noticed how his then-girlfriend Eileen Charlotte finally found him convicted and the police caught him.
But now that Simon Leviev or Shimon Hayut has removed his Instagram profile, we don’t get a glimpse of his seemingly glamorous life. Not long ago, according to “Variety”, he stated there that he wanted to share his view with the world soon – in a “proper form”. This is surprising, because the makers of the documentary had already asked him for an interview. So he would have had the opportunity to comment on the allegations. At the end of the Netflix documentary, the Tinder scammer plays an audio message stating that he doesn’t want anything related to the documentary.
Is there a feature film on “Tinder”?
According to a report by “NME” magazine, the scammer brought his Instagram profile back online for a short time – and immediately posted a story. There is a strange theory put forward: He actively participated in and “worked” on the Netflix documentary. He explained that if he was indeed a fraud, the authorities could have arrested him during filming.
He’s now a victim of women because he can’t have the perfect relationship they expected. Let’s leave it as it is. Meanwhile, Netflix plans to turn the documentary into a feature film. It is not yet known when the action will appear and which actors will play.
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