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Netflix Are Releasing A True Crime Doc On The Tinder Swindler

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Netflix Are Releasing A True Crime Doc On The Tinder Swindler

Based on the story of Shimon Hayut, a 28-year-old Israeli conman who used Tinder to trick women out of hundreds of thousands of dollars, The Tinder Swindler is Netflix's upcoming true crime documentary.

The Tinder Swindler was announced earlier this year as part of the streaming platform's true crime content coming to viewers soon.

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Netflix says about the documentary: "You’ll never “swipe right” the same again after watching this new film premiering in February 2022 that tells the jaw-dropping story of a prolific conman who posed as a billionaire playboy on Tinder, and the women who set out to bring him down."

Directed by Felicity Morris, the film from RAW TV, the production company behind Don't F*** With Cats and Three Identical Strangers, The Tinder Swindler tells the story of Shimon Hayut pretended to be the son to Russian diamond mogul Lev Leviev.

Using the name "Simon Leviev", he would impress women who he matched with on Tinder with extravagant dinners and private jets, before tricking them into giving him thousands.

The Tinder Swindler was announced alongside the rest of Netflix's upcoming true crime content (Credit: Netflix)
The Tinder Swindler was announced alongside the rest of Netflix's upcoming true crime content (Credit: Netflix)
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One of his victims was Cecilie Fjellhoy, a 29-year-old Norwegian masters student living in London, who fell head over heels for the man who reportedly called himself the "Prince of Diamonds". After showering her with grand romantic gestures, Cecilie claims Hayut conned her out of $200,000 (£150,060).

In an interview with ABC News, she said: "I hate him, he's so horrible."

She continued: "I am just tired of crying about this you know? It's just so painful. I just hate myself that I did this."

Fjellhoy says Hayut defrauded her out of $200,000 (Credit: ABC News)
Fjellhoy says Hayut defrauded her out of $200,000 (Credit: ABC News)
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After an operation led jointly between Interpol and the Israeli police, Hayut was arrested in Greece in June 2019 for using a false passport.

Outside of court, he told Norweigan outlet VG: "I will go back to Israel, [which] is my home country, and I will face what is waiting for me there and that's it, and we will sort everything out. [Whatever] problems that we have, we will sort it out in court."

Hayut now faces extradition to Israel, where he was indicted in 2011 on theft, forgery and fraud charges but fled the country before standing trial.

The Tinder Swindler is coming to Netflix in February 2022.

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Topics: TV And Film, Netflix, True Crime

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