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The Tinder Swindler: Everything We Know About Netflix True Crime Doc

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The Tinder Swindler: Everything We Know About Netflix True Crime Doc

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 new true crime documentary - and it looks so gripping.

The Tinder Swindler was announced earlier this year as part of the streaming platform's true crime content, with the film dropping on Wednesday 2nd February.

You can watch the trailer below:

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What's the film about?

The film 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, who 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.

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It’s believed that Hayut has conned women globally out of at least $10m (£7.4m).

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)

Is it based on real people?

Yes. 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).

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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."

She later told Stylist: “He’s just magnetic. He seemed super smart and ambitious, and everyone I met was vouching for him: his bodyguard, his driver – I even met his ex-partner and their daughter.

“Not once did it cross my mind that he wasn’t who he said he was.”

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What happened to Hayut?

After an operation led jointly between Interpol and the Israeli police, Hayut was arrested in Greece in June 2019 for using a false passport.

Hayut - who had previously served a two-year sentence for conning three women in 2015 - was sentenced to 15 months in prison and ordered to pay $43,289 (£32,062) in December 2019, but was released after five months.

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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When will the film be released?

You can watch it on Netflix from Wednesday 2nd Feb.

Featured Image Credit: Netflix

Topics: TV And Film, Netflix, True Crime

Charlotte Forrester
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