So what does Netflix Tinder scammer Simon Leviev do now? He defrauded millions of innocent women, he was arrested in 2017 and was released from prison in just 5 months. He is now interested in real estate and Bitcoin. –

Tinder has long been a go-to dating app for those looking for love, but it became the starting point for a complete nightmare when several European women met a fraudster they thought was their prince charming. Now known to the world as Simon Leviev, the Tinder Swindler, Israeli national Shimon Hayut was the subject of the recent Netflix documentary of the same name.

But who is the real Shimon Hayut and what other crimes has he committed besides scamming unsuspecting women out of hundreds of thousands of dollars?

Hayut changed his name to Simon Leviev to pose as the son of Russian-Israeli billionaire and diamond tycoon Lev Leviev. Using a lavish lifestyle described on social media, he scammed European women he met on Tinder and lured them with destination dates via private jets, expensive meals and five-star hotels.

After building up his personality and relationships with his dates, he would then feign danger from “enemies” who he believed were out to hurt him, and use this situation to rip off his girlfriends into lending her thousands of dollars and letting him use their credit cards.

Through this Ponzi scheme between 2017 and 2019, where he used one woman’s money to fund lavish dates with another, Hayut’s fraudulent activities reportedly totaled around $10 million, according to the Times. of Israel. And the documentary was just the tip of the iceberg of Hayut’s many other criminal acts.

Now 31, Hayut’s origins can be traced back to the town of Bnei Brak outside of Tel Aviv, Israel. According to The Times of Israel, his father is Rabbi Yohanan Hayut, the chief rabbi of El Al Airlines. His father had also been accused of helping him defraud the plaintiff, Rabbi Pinhas Badush, out of hundreds of thousands of shekels amounting to US$400,000.

In 2011, Hayut was indicted in his home country for theft, forgery, fraud and cashing stolen checks. A year prior, he allegedly stole checkbooks from a family he was babysitting for, attempting to forge three checks, and from another household while working as a handyman. He was discovered, arrested and released on bail of 3,000 US dollars (10,000 shekels). Later that year, he fled Israel under a false identity: Mordechai Nissim Tapiro.

Cecilie Fjellhøy was one of Simon Leviev’s victims. Picture: Netflix

The Times of Israel also reported that while living in Finland in 2015, Leviev was charged with defrauding three women and sent to prison from 2015 to 2017. Authorities were to hand him over and return him to Israel before he does not evade these charges and flee the country. under a new identity. This was also around the time her Tinder scheme took place.

Hayut was eventually arrested in 2017 by Interpol and Israeli police in Greece, The Times of Israel reported, for using a fake passport. He was then sentenced by the Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court to 15 months in prison, ordered to compensate his victims with 150,000 shekels (about $43,300) and ordered to pay a fine of 20,000 shekels (5,800 dollars). But at the end of the Netflix documentary, we find out that Hayut was released just five months into his sentence for good behavior.

Now comes the big question. What has Hayut done since his release? For starters, he was banned from Tinder. A spokesperson told E! News that the company “banned Simon Leviev and one of his known aliases as soon as the story of his actions became public.”

Until recently, he flaunted his lavish jet set lifestyle as usual on Instagram, but deleted his account after the documentary was released. According to Esquire, before closing his account, he posted, “Thank you for all your support. I will share my side of the story in the coming days when I have found the best and most respectful way to tell it, both to the parties involved and to myself. Until then, please keep an open mind and heart.

Simon Leviev posed as the son of a billionaire to attract women to Tinder, which he then swindled out of thousands of dollars. Photo: @simon_leviev_official/Instagram

Some internet sleuths are convinced they’ve found his Tiktok account, according to Cosmopolitan, which posts clips of Hayut on private jets, yachts and sports cars, but that’s yet to be confirmed. Either way, he still seems to live a luxurious life.

Hayut also set up his own website offering business counseling sessions, but he has since ditched that hustle, scrapping the website and branching out into the world of real estate. His website said his net worth was in the tens of millions, which he allegedly made by investing in bitcoin and real estate.

The scammer dated model Kate Konlin. Photo: @kate_konlin/Instagram

As for his love life, he was last linked to model Kate Konlin, but she confirmed in an email interview with RadarOnline that the two are no longer together due to their busy schedules, although they remain friends.

Meanwhile, Ayleen Charlotte, Pernilla Sjöholm and Cecilie Fjellhøy, the three women who fell for Hayut’s scams, are still paying off their debts and have since set up a GoFundMe account, which has raised approximately $96,000 at the time of the post. writing.

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