Originally known as Shimon Hayut, he has a long history of scamming women with Tinder, and has been named the Tinder Swindler by the media. When a man posed as the “King of Diamonds” on Tinder, he met a group of women on the site and conned them out of $10 million. He fooled them into thinking he was a billionaire heir who was making money in the diamond business.
In fact, he was living lavishly on the money of his previous target. He even went so far as to send women videos of his bodyguard bleeding, and he even used credit cards in someone else’s name to make purchases.
Who is Simon Leviev?
The Netflix documentary “Simon Leviev: The King of Diamonds” has shed light on the story of a man who posed as the son of a famous diamond tycoon on dating app Tinder. The entrepreneur allegedly cheated several women out of millions of dollars by pretending to be a billionaire. Authorities estimate that Simon’s losses are worth $10 million.
In the real-life story, Simon Leviev contacted women and flew them to Bulgaria on his private jet. Ultimately, their relationship was marred by deception, debt, and distress. The film is based on the stories of three women he met through the dating app Tinder. But it is unclear how Leviev escaped the allegations. There are three women who say they fell victim to his scam. And while one of them was able to find him in Bulgaria, the other two are not so lucky.
Shimon Hayut is the real name of the impostor, dated women using Tinder to swindle them out of money. He posed as the son of Israeli diamond tycoon Lev Leviev and CEO of LLD Diamonds. Both of these companies are real. Hayut allegedly conned women into giving him personal loans and sending cash. He also claimed to be in danger of losing his life because of his enemies. Three of his alleged victims appeared in the documentary, and VG (a Norwegian newspaper) helped unravel the story.
In an Israeli jail, Simon Leviev has been charged with stealing $10 million from two elderly women and a bank. He was originally arrested for these crimes in Finland, but later was transferred to Israel. This was one of the first cases of its kind, and the case has generated significant international news coverage. In a subsequent episode, Leviev reportedly admitted to cashing stolen checks from two elderly women.
The documentary traces the paths of some of Leviev’s old friends. Leviev was a crook who fleeced $10 million from women using the online dating site Tinder. The film also shows Leviev’s relationship with Courtney Leviev, who fell for his sexy charm. Courtney Leviev also allegedly hired a BMW for him, claiming to have an international driving license, and used the victims’ money to fund his lavish lifestyle.
Have the victims of the Netflix documentary ‘The Tinder Swindler’ received their money back? The film tells about three women who lost money to Simon Leviev. Although the swindler is now a free man, the women are still returning the money he took from them. Now they have launched a GoFundMe page to try and get their money back.
Three victims of Simon Leviev organized a Gofundme campaign to get their money back. Cecilia raised 600,000 pesos ($800,000), close to $800,000. She also listed her personal losses and credit card bills as expenses. Pernilla raised £100,000 and Eileen’s money topped $30,000.
The documentary revealed the sleazy methods Simon used to defraud women out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. He would first date women on Tinder and gain their trust by showing them his luxurious lifestyle. Once he had the women’s trust, he would use their credit cards to impress them in another European country. The documentary also featured three of his victims. In total, three victims came forward, each losing at least $139000 in the scam.
As of Friday, Feb. 25, Leviev has been banned from Tinder. After his ban from Tinder, Hayut was banned from other dating apps. Hayut had been convicted of four fraud charges, which earned him 15 months in jail. He served five of those months.
The day before the documentary was released, Tinder added new guidelines, titled: “Romance Scams: How to Protect Yourself Online,” while also noting that scammers use the platform to prey on “vulnerable” people “looking for love,” as reported by The Washington Post.
Where is Simon Leviev now? This is a question many people want to know. He was arrested in Greece in 2019 on suspicion of forgery and fraud. After serving five months in prison, Leviev was deported to Israel. He has been wanted in several European countries and is currently living in Israel as a free man. It is unclear how long he will be in prison, but he is believed to be living a luxurious lifestyle.
While the case against Leviev is still ongoing, it seems that he is living a lavish lifestyle in Israel. The social media star has not been active on Tinder since December. While he has not traveled internationally since then, Leviev has maintained a website that claims to be an official Simon Leviev page. Despite his recent arrests, he has not filed a lawsuit against Netflix or VG, but he has not withdrawn his services.
Following the release of the documentary, Hayut was banned from dating app Tinder, but his long-term girlfriend contacted Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang to find Hayut. They managed to trace Hayut’s mother in Israel, but she denied knowing him for years. She then fled to Jordan and Europe, where she sold designer clothes and a designer handbag in revenge for the article. Hayut was finally arrested in an airport in Athens in June 2019 on suspicion of using a fake passport and traveling with a fake passport. He was convicted of four counts of fraud and spent five months of his fifteen-month sentence in Israeli prison.
In his first interview with Inside Edition since the Netflix documentary, Hayut explained how he fell victim to his scam and the subsequent devastation it caused.
He stated that he earns thousands of dollars by creating personalized videos on the Cameo dating app. He can charge over $200 per video and even poses with his new security team, including his former bodyguard Peter. The documentary features Peter, a former member of Hayut’s security team, prominently. Simon Leviev also says that he is a “legitimate businessman” who uses dating apps to meet people and have affairs.