Ever had the feeling that a man is just too good to be true? Well, this one is, and many women have fallen victim to his scams. Here’s how the Tinder Swindler swiped right, seduced and stole millions using the popular dating app.
Who is He?
The Tinder Swindler is an Israeli con man and fugitive who goes by the name Simon Leviev. He was born Shimon Yehuda Hayut and he is a wanted man. He’s been reported for fraud in Sweden, England and Norway. The Israeli police are looking for him and he is currently still at large. I repeat: still at large.
Victims report that he is surrounded by people who will “vouch” for him (*shivers). He is 28 years old and was previously imprisoned in Finland for three years, for defrauding three women. He’s escaped sentencing in Israel (fled). Whereabouts? Unknown. Although he’s apparently popped up in various places in Europe with an entourage (including a bodyguard and a personal assistant).
What is His Method?
He travels through Europe like a baller. Simon comes through dripping with his millionaire lifestyle bankrolled entirely by previous women he’s swindled. I’m talking private jets, luxury hotels, racing cars, expensive dinners. He finds his targets on Tinder, matches with them and gives them a fake backstory that goes something like this:
Simon claims to be the son of multi-millionaire Lev Leviev. He says that he’s left his faith and his rich family “showers him with money so that he’ll stay away from them”. Haaretz reports that he spun this narrative to a woman while ordering drinks for everyone in a club in Tel Aviv.
Now, this guy is convincing AF. He’s gone so far as to formally change his surname to Leviev, so it’s reflected on his license, his passport, everything.
He starts up a relationship with his targets, treats them to luxury, keeps in touch every single day for months, and then (surprise!) needs a favour. With one victim, Simon didn’t ask to borrow money until eight months into the relationship
What Does He Look Like?
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If you see him, swipe left, and warn your friends.
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