The Tinder Swindler: Where is Simon Leviev now?

5 February 2022, 14:30

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The Tinder Swindler is the latest true crime documentary taking Netflix by storm. Find out about the central figure Simon Leviev and where he is now.

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Tinder Swindler is the latest Netflix documentary causing a stir.

The documentary tells the story of Simon Hayut, who changed his name Simon Leviev and used the dating app to con women out of millions.

The film outlines the path of destruction he left behind, but who is Simon Leviev, where is he now and what about the victims he left behind?

Find out more about Netflix's Tinder Swindler below.

Tinder Swindler is on Netflix now
Tinder Swindler is available to stream on Netflix now. Picture: Netflix

How can I watch the Tinder Swindler?

Tinder Swindler is available to stream on Netflix from Wednesday 2nd February 2022.

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What is the Tinder Swindler about?

A Netflix synopsis reads: "From the team producers of Don't F**ck With Cats, modern love is a dangerous game in the world of online dating, and not all that glitters is gold. Notoriously known as The Tinder Swindler, he has seduced and swindled young women for millions and is a fugitive from justice in several countries. One swipe could change your life. This is the ultimate fairytale gone nightmare. Follow three women who decided it was time for payback."

Who is Simon Leviev?

Simon Leviev was born Shimon Hayut in a city called Bnei Brak, just east of Tel Aviv in Israel. He changed his name to Leviev to pretend to be the son of the Israeli diamond tycoon Lev Leviev. However, he assumed various names. After fleeing Israel in 2011 for crimes related to fraud in his early 20s, he moved to Finland where he started the scheme in Netflix's Tinder Swindler documentary.

The scheme involved meeting women on Tinder, convincing them he was a wealthy heir and starting long distance relationships with them before convincing them that his life was in danger and he needed money.

In 2015 he served two years in a Finnish prison and after his release in 2017, he went back to Israel. Before he could be arrested, he escaped and headed back to Europe, where he began his pattern all over again.

In July of 2019, he was caught in Greece using a fake passport and was extradited to Israel. He denied all charges against him, but in December 2019 he was convicted of theft, fraud and forgery of documents. He was sentenced to 15 months of prison but served just 5 months of actual jail time after being released for good behaviour.

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Where is The Tinder Swindler now?

Simon Leviev, is - according to Esquire - now 31 years old and lives in Israel as a free man. The outlet adds that his Instagram account "is currently private, though he has nearly 100,000 followers".

According to the film, Simon launched a website offering business advice in a Personal Success Workshop for a fee of $311.

The Netflix documentary states that he appears to be free of his financial issues and that he is flaunting his wealth on his private account. His current girlfriend is an Israeli model.

It is estimated that Leviev swindled $10million from his victims across the globe between 2017 and 2019.

The Tinder Swindler starts on Netflix
The Tinder Swindler starts on Netflix. Picture: Netflix

What happened to Cecilie Fjellhøy, Pernilla Sjöholm, or Ayleen Charlotte?

The central women in The Tinder Swindler are still paying off their debts as a result of Leviev's deceit. He has so far not been charged for any crimes towards them or any that may have occurred outside his home country.

Ayleen took justice into her own hands, pretending to be on Simon's side and selling his designer clothes to help raise money for him. However, she never had any intention of giving him any of the money she made. She kept in contact with him and managed to alert to the authorities to his new identity and of his flight plans, which led to his arrest with a fake passport.

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