Come and hear the tale of one Simon Leviev who went to prison for swindling women of their money after meeting them on Tinder. But fear not, he’s no longer allowed on most dating apps, so now you only need to worry about getting swindled by bots out to sell your information. Phewf!
Brut America says Simon Leviev was born Shimon Hayut in a small town outside of Tel Aviv. In his early adulthood, he conned three Finnish women and spent two years in prison in Finland before he was sent back to Israel. He fled the country and entered Europe, taking on his new identity of Simon and tearing shit up, honey. Lev Leviev is a diamond-industry billionaire, so Simon pretended to be his son and he really took it all the way. Simon got a “bodyguard,” a “business partner,” he traveled on private jets, had expensive cars; but the gag was, he wasn’t paying for any of it himself.
The Netflix doc by Felicity Morris, The Tinder Swindler, came out on February 2 and focuses on three of Simon’s victims, Cecilie Fjellhoy, Pernilla Sjolholm, and Ayleen Charlotte. Simon would lavish the women with amazing dates using the money he grifted from other women. Like a dating Ponzi scheme. He would get the money by convincing the women he was in danger and couldn’t use his credit cards, because they’re trackable, so he would beg the women to use their credit cards and to also take out loans to give him cash.
Here’s the trailer:
Simon was arrested after allegedly stealing more than $10 million from all his victims and went to jail in Israel in 2019, but was released after only 5 months of his 15-month sentence. Guess what? He just went to Greece and kept going. AND he’s got a new girlfriend.
But there are blessings to be had. Simon’s pool of potential victims has gotten smaller, as TMZ says he’s been permanently banned from more dating apps than just Tinder. Tinder banned him for violating their terms and service, specifically the parts about impersonation and asking for money. And so now others are banning him too. So he can no longer swindle on Tinder, but he also can’t hit up OkCupid, Hinge, PlentyofFish, OurTime, Meetic, Pairs, or Match.
A rep for Match Group–owners of OkCupid, Hinge, PlentyofFish, OurTime, Meetic, Pairs, and Match–tells TMZ that Simon has been permanently banned from all of their properties… leaving him out of options when it comes to scamming women.
The rep says he violated the terms of service at Tinder and therefore the other partner companies will also not allow him to create a profile on the other apps. As we reported… a Tinder spokesperson told us Simon–and his many aliases–would no longer be allowed to open an account on their platform, as he violated their terms of service… specifically, impersonation and asking for money…
The Match Group rep says he currently doesn’t have a profile on their dating apps under any of his known aliases, but if he tries to create one, he will be removed.
Hmmm… I notice that Grindr and Scruff are not on the list. Gays, look out! A good scammer knows how to pivot.