Netflix has come out with a new documentary 'The Tinder Swindler.' The documentary tells the story of Simon Leviev, a man who conned women financially and emotionally.
The documentary starts off with a woman, Cecilie Fjellhøy, who is meeting her Tinder date for a coffee date at the Four Seasons hotel in London. The man was Simon Leviev, who had seemed to match with his flashy Tinder profile. He then took her on a private jet to Bulgaria where she became completely smitten with him. Many months go by before Fjellhøy finds out who this man really is.
Simon Leviev's real name is Shimon Yehuda Hayut, he's from a middle-class Orthodox Jewish family, not the "prince of diamonds' he claimed to be. He had been conning women for a long time before he met Fjellhøy. Hayut was not the typical Tinder catfish that's loaded with pictures of another person. They were of him and this lavish lifestyle he seems to live, but what's hidden behind it is how he was able to.
He lied about his intentions with women in order for them to fall so deeply in love with him that they would loan him money. Hayut's lavish lifestyle was all thanks to the women he had conned. Taking women on dates, parading his money, well the money he had swindled from another.
Hayut also posed that he had a dangerous lifestyle from supposedly being in the diamond business. He would take it as far as sending pictures of his "bodyguard" with wounds from an "enemy who attacked them" according to The Guardian. "Fearing for his life" was a lie he used to have women "loan" him money, which he never gave back.
This documentary raises even more concerns with online dating and who to trust. Many believed the worst catfish instance was someone posing as another person on the internet. The story of "The Tinder Swindler" has brought an entirely new meaning to the phrase catfishing.
Watch "The Tinder Swindler" on Netflix!