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Simon Leviev Gives First Interview Since Release Of "The Tinder Swindler" Netflix Series

Simon Leviev Gives First Interview Since Release Of "the Tinder Swindler" Netflix Series

He was just a single guy who wanted to meet some girls, says Simon Leviev, aka Shimon Hayut, dubbed the Tinder Swindler.

Leviev, born Shimon Hayut, sat down with Inside Edition and gave his first interview after Netflix's explosive two-hour documentary about his cons. The documentary alleges that Leviev scammed numerous women to get millions of dollars.

Simon Leviev Gives First Interview Since Release Of "the Tinder Swindler" Netflix Series

The documentary The Tinder Swindler claims that Hayut used various techniques to gain money from the alleged victims, usually pretending to be an heir to a diamond company whose life was in danger.

Hayut would promise his girlfriends to return the money as soon as he was safe, but he would then move on to the next alleged victim.

Before deleting his Instagram, Leviev promised to tell his side of the story, asking his 200k followers to "keep an open mind and heart."

Since the documentary aired, he claims it was "like a made-up movie."

Speaking to Inside Edition, he explained that he was "just a single guy that wanted to meet some girls on Tinder. I am not a Tinder Swindler."

He added:

"They are presenting it as a documentary, but in truth, it's like a completely made-up movie. I'm the biggest gentleman in the world, and they call me the Tinder Swindler. I'm not a fraud, and I'm not a fake."

In conclusion, Leviev says that "people cannot judge me," repeating, "I'm not a Tinder Swindler."

Leviev was banned from all dating apps after the documentary aired. The Tinder Swindler follows several alleged victims, including Pernilla Sjoholm and Cecilie Fjellhøy.

The movie claims that Leviev traveled around Europe looking for victims. His MO was almost always the same: he would buy lavish gifts and take the alleged victims to trips. Then, he would find himself in grave danger and ask for money.

Simon Leviev Gives First Interview Since Release Of "the Tinder Swindler" Netflix Series

He would, allegedly, repeat the cycle with the next woman by spending part of the money received from the previous one. It is estimated that this alleged con's worth is $10 million.

Hayut has a new model girlfriend and lives as a free man in Israel. Prior, he was jailed for 15 months but only spent 5 in jail due to Covid-19.

He was previously arrested in Greece on December 19 for using a fake passport and convicted of fraud, theft, and forgery.

Hayut is still wanted in several European countries.