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Tinder Swindler: Simon Leviev Returns To Instagram With Message To His Followers

Tinder Swindler: Simon Leviev.
Tinder Swindler: Simon Leviev.

Israeli national Shimon Hayut, who has appeared in Netflix's explosive true crime documentary The Tinder Swindler, is back on Instagram.

Vibehit.cc took snapshots of its account, which has more than 257,000 followers, following a recent backlash on social media following the release of the feature on Wednesday, February 2nd, forcing it to deactivate.

Sharing on the platform on February 14, 2022 Valentine's Day, Hayut thanked his followers for their love and support for him and promised to continue the fight.

“The past few days were not easy for me. Thank you all for your love and support. I will keep fighting as I always did,” he captioned the post.

He added that his account is his only official presence on social media and urged his followers to fake several fake accounts created under his name.

“I don’t have any social media accounts but this one. No Tinder, no Facebook, no TikTok…only this one. Anything else is fake,” he said in an Instagram story.

Hayut earned around Ksh 1.14 billion after the filmmakers matched up online with several women he met on Tinder.

Israeli Shimon Hayut, who falsely presented himself on dating app Tinder as the son of billionaire Lev Leviev. /NETFLIX.TINDER SWINDLER
Israeli Shimon Hayut, who falsely presented himself on dating app Tinder as the son of billionaire Lev Leviev. /NETFLIX.TINDER SWINDLER
He used a false identity as Simon Leviev, son of the Russian-Israeli diamond tycoon Lev Leviev, to win over multiple women by showering them with luxury items, flying them by private jet to luxury hotels around the world, and declaring his love.

He then asked them to send him money, often claiming that his life was in grave danger from his "enemies."

Calling himself the Prince of Diamonds, Hayut asked women to buy credit cards and convinced them to increase their spending limits and give him cash that he never repaid.

In a statement reported by Variety, Tinder said it was banned from the platform. "We've conducted internal investigations and can confirm that Simon Leviev is no longer active on Tinder under his known aliases."

Three women took part in the production; Cecilie Fjellhoy, Pernilla Sjöholm and Ayleen Charlotte, who live in different European countries, recall their relationship with Hayut in 2018 and 2019.

They recently teamed up to create an online fundraiser via their GoFundMe page on Sunday, February 6, which has managed to raise Ksh 19.3 million at the time of publication with the aim of raising up to Ksh 92.3 million.

During its first weekend, it was the most-watched film in the United States and United Kingdom, as well as here in Kenya, with millions of viewers across the country wondering to learn about Hayut's real-life criminal record and long history. defrauding people, especially women looking for love.

In 2011, Hayut was wanted in Israel on charges of theft, forgery and fraud, including defrauding family in that country while babysitting, but fled the country before being convicted.

Erlend Ofte Arntsen, one of the journalists who covered Hayut and took part in the documentary, revealed that Hayut defrauded a family in New York, USA with 4.8 million Ksh in 2008.

Hayut settled in Finland until 2015, when authorities accused him of defrauding three women and sentenced him to two years in prison.

In 2017, she returned to Israel to face the authorities over unpaid charges there, but from that point on she fled again with the documentary chronicling her relationships with women.

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