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The tinder Swindler, true to his name, managed to con MILLIONS out of women he’d met from the tinder app with his self proclaimed act son of a multi-millionaire. He and Anna Delvey should have met. He would have waited at least five business working days!

If you’ve ever heard the phrase ‘you have to spend money to make money’ Simon would be the embodiment of that…in fact, i think if you looked up its definition in the dictionary they’d simply provide you with a photo of Simon.

In case you haven’t watched the seemingly chart topping Netflix documentary based on real life occurences…allow me to give you a brief summary.

Tinder has over 75 million monthly users all around the world.

We’re no strangers to the fact that technology has revolutionized every aspect of society and social interaction. So much so that there are multiple online dating platforms that make dating as easy as logging in, setting up a profile and viewing other people’s profiles. It’s so incredibly convenient and these apps practically spoon feed us choices based on a miasma of factors, not the least of which is location.

It’s like grocery shopping…but for dates and potential partners; everyone comes with a picture and a description and you get to decide whether you like their 5-line introduction or you swipe left and keep shopping. Inarguably the best received and most popular dating app is Tinder.

Tinder has over 75 million monthly users all around the world. In fact, in 2019, it overtook Netflix in popularity and the number of monthly subscribers. The app boasts over 65 billion global matches. It stands to reason that the popularity of the dating app/site and it’s insane success have all but doubled during the onset and aftermath of the pandemic; the number of tinder swipes in March 2020 alone, hit an all time high of 3 billion swipes! The app clearly incurred no loss due to the lack of physical social contact, they enabled a video call feature which users diligently put to use over the course of quarantine.

And while all of this sounds dandy, because it truly is, we inevitably are left to face one scary truth about tinder and other such dating apps; Fraud. While the internet aims to mimic traditional functions of society, the one thing it cannot provide us with is physical contact….significantly increasing chances of catfishing and identity fraud, when it comes to tinder, sometimes what you see is not, in fact, what you get.

The online Persona

Because there’s so much freedom and no authority to hold people accountable on the internet, it’s easy for some to create aliases and paint portraits of lifestyles that may not necessarily be their own. A perfect example of said fraud would be Israeli citizen; Simon Leviev, otherwise known as Shimon Hayut…but in recent times, most popularly identified as : The Tinder Swindler.

In case you haven’t watched the seemingly chart topping Netflix documentary based on real life occurences…allow me to give you a brief summary. When you join tinder, if you’re not completely obtuse, you reckon that there is a chance the person or people you will see may or may not be who they say they are. If you get lucky, it’s a 5’2 guy who got on top of a crate and took a picture for his profile and said he was 6’0, only for you to turn up at the date and be met with Tyrion Lannister. Unfortunately, Simon’s “victims” had no such easy fate.

The tinder Swindler, true to his name, managed to con MILLIONS out of women he’d met from the app due to his dogmatism as the self proclaimed son of a multi-millionaire. If you’ve ever heard the phrase ‘you have to spend money to make money’ Simon would be the embodiment of that…in fact, i think if you looked up its definition in the dictionary they’d simply provide you with a photo of Simon.

If you’re wondering how he was able to defraud these women…it’s quite simple…he posed as a rich man.

The devil works hard, but is clearly still slacking because Simon Leviev works HARDER friends.

  • He created a website with the name LLD Diamonds to back up his nonexistent company and effectively trick women who googled him into believing it was legitimate…because it has a website,because of course in modern times the presence of a website is enough proof of the legitimacy of a corporation, it’s not like anyone with little computer literacy can make one, right?
  • And to back it all up, Mr.Leviev linked his tinder profile to his Instagram account where he posted many a picture to display his apparent financial might. Pictures in private jets, flamboyant overseas destinations…the works. So it’s not hard to see why these women were drawn to him.
  • The second part of Simon’s scam would include fervently engaging these women emotionally. Introducing them to his lavish lifestyle by taking them out to expensive dates and flying them on his private jet as he did one Cecilie Fjellhøy. Forming bonds with them and often pursuing a relationship. At which point, after he’d successfully baited them, he then asks for large sums of money,feigning the occurrence of mortal danger.
  • He would ask these women to send him money because his “enemies” were after him…following the request up with photographic “evidence” of his attacked and bleeding bodyguard. Believing he was truly in danger, they would then send him the money. Cecile for one, “lent” Simon a total of $250,000. Money they acquired by incurring debts and money the supposed millionaire would assuredly pay her back…except he never did.

The Tinder Swindlers Victims

Cecile was only but one of his victims. As reported by The Times of Israel; Simon has been able to defraud women across Europe of a total estimate of $10 million. According to the paper, he has been arrested twice on counts of Fraud. In 2015 a Finnish court sentenced him to 2 years in prison for these charges, after which he moved to Israel in 2017 after completion of his sentence and proceeded to change his name to Simon Leviev…where he began weaving his web of lies and scams as the Tinder Swindler.

And has been quite successful until now when victims such as Cecile, Pernilla Sjoholm and Ayleen Charlotte who all decided to speak up to various media outlets, and their story was so captivating that Netflix picked it up for a special.

A Go-Fund Me Page

Hence the birth of the documentary in which Simon himself refused to partake in, threatening to sue. Since then, he has been living as a free man in Israel. The women however, have set up a GoFundMe account to help settle their loans. The account has gained significant traction- with over seven thousand people donating a total of up to €153,537 of the targeted €600,000.

Having heard this fascinating albeit sad story. I leave you with a word of caution;

Don’t go into debt to lend money to sons of millionaires you meet on dating sites who claim to have deadly enemies hunting them down.

Kate Mumbi

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