Netflix has managed to grab the attention as always by releasing a British true-crime documentary film: The Tinder Swindler. The documentary film, released on February 2, entered the Netflix Top 10 list in a short time. Most of the viewers have the same thought in mind: “This movie scared me a lot. I felt very strange feelings while watching it. Is this story true? Who is Simon Leviev really?”
Simon Leviev (Shimon Yehuda Hayut, 27 September 1990) is an Israeli swindler convicted of theft, forgery and fraud. The Times of Israel claims that Leviev defrauded an estimated $10 million from his victims from different parts of Europe using the Ponzi scheme between 2017 and 2019. Leviev said that he is now a legitimate businessman earning his money from Bitcoin.
Leviev had interviewed with Inside Edition, claiming The Tinder Swindler isn’t true. “They’re presenting it as a documentary, but in reality, it’s like a made-up movie,” he said, with his girlfriend. “I’m not a Tinder scammer. I was just a single guy who wanted to meet some girls on Tinder. I’m not that monster.”
What is Tinder Swindler About?
The Tinder Swindler tells the story of how a swindler who introduces himself as a wealthy businessman slams the dollars of women he met through the Tinder app, and the revenge process of some of his victims.
How Tinder Swindler Got Caught?
One of Leviev’s victims collaborates with the police to locate Leviev. Simultaneously wanted in Israel, Sweden, England, Germany, Denmark, and Norway, Simon Leviev was caught in Greece in June 2019 with his fake passport.
Will Tinder Swindler Be Charged?
In December 2019, he was found guilty in Israel of theft, fraud and document forgery – charges unrelated to his crimes in Europe in 2011 – and sentenced to 15 months in prison. He was released for good behavior after serving five months in prison.
Simon Leviev, now 31 years old, lives as a free man in Israel, according to his Instagram stories featured on The Tinder Swindler. Before the documentary landed on Netflix, he was active with around 100,000 followers, although his account was private. But as the doctor gained popularity, Leviev completely disabled his Instagram.
Before deleting the account, he wrote: “Thank you for all your support. I will share my side of the story in the next few days when I have sorted out the best and most respectful way to tell it, both to the involved parties and myself. Until then, please keep an open mind and heart.”
Are Tinder Swindler actors real?
Just as Simon Leviev is real, the other characters in the documentary are real too: Pernilla Sjöholm, Cecilie Fjellhøy, Ayleen Charlotte, Kristoffer Kumar, Erlend Ofte Arntsen, Natalie Remøe Hansen.
The documentary is directed by Felicity Morris and produced by Bernadette Higgins.
Can Tinder Swindler sue Netflix?
The bodyguard of The Tinder Swindler subject Simon Leviev has submitted a cease and desist letter to Netflix. Joanna Parafianowicz, the bodyguard’s attorney, has now requested that Netflix remove The Tinder Swindler off its streaming site entirely, arguing that it portrays Piotr as involved in Leviev’s crimes. Parafianowicz has also requested that Netflix provide a formal apology to Peter, who has requested £4.1 million in monetary compensation.
“The Tinder Swindler” is now available on Netflix.