‘Tinder Swindler’ sets his sights on Hollywood! Fraudster Simon Leviev wants to ‘write a book, host a podcast and star on dating show where women compete for his love’ as he signs with pornstar-turned-publicist
- Tinder Swindler planning to use his newfound Netflix fame to ‘crack Hollywood’
- Shimon Heyada Hayut operated under several aliases, including Simon Leviev
- Fooled women he met on Tinder into thinking he was the son of a billionaire diamond merchant before scamming them out of an estimated £7.4 million
The Tinder Swindler is planning to use his newfound Netflix fame to crack Hollywood, according to TMZ.
Shimon Heyada Hayut, 30, from Israel, who operated under several aliases, including Simon Leviev, fooled women he met on Tinder into thinking he was the son of a billionaire diamond merchant before scamming them out of an estimated £7.4 million.
He was exposed in the Netflix documentary The Tinder Swindler, released earlier this month, in which his victims shared their stories.
Sources close to the conman say he now wants to write a book, host a dating podcast and has even pitched a controversial new TV show, which would see women competing for his love.
Helping him with his entertainment career will apparently be former pornographic-film actress Gina Rodriquez, the CEO of talent management company Gitoni.
She recently shared an Instagram story tagging Hayut in a snap shared by another account, reading ‘It’s a match’, according to Metro.co.uk.
Shimon Heyada Hayut (pictured), 30, from Israel, who operated under several aliases, including Simon Leviev, fooled women he met on Tinder into thinking he was the son of a billionaire diamond merchant before scamming them out of an estimated £7.4 million.
Helping him with his entertainment career will apparently be former pornographic-film actress Gina Rodriquez (pictured left), the CEO of talent management company Gitoni. She recently shared an Instagram story (pictured right) tagging Hayut in a snap shared by another account, reading ‘It’s a match’
With the help of his new manager, TMZ reports Hayut has pitched an idea for a dating show where women compete for his love, along with a podcast where he shares the dos and don’ts of dating.
Sources close to Hayut add that he is claiming the Netflix programme ‘got him all wrong, and he’s looking to clear his name.’
The convicted conman – who would pose as ‘Simon Leviev’, son of the billionaire Russian-Israeli diamond mogul, Lev Leviev – would shower women he met on Tinder with lavish trips and gifts, using money he had taken from other victims.
He would then ask for more funds under the guise of needing to protect his identity due to security concerns.
Last week, an Instagram account claiming to be the ‘Tinder Swindler’ branded three of his victims ‘manipulators’ after they launched a fundraising page in a bid to cover the huge debts they’ve been left with.
Cecilie Fjellhøy, Ayleen Koeleman, and Pernilla Sjoholm set up the GoFundMe profile in the hopes of raising £600,000 after receiving a flood of support from sharing their story in the Netflix documentary.
Cecilie Fjellhøy (pictured left), Ayleen Koeleman, and Pernilla Sjoholm set up the GoFundMe profile in the hopes of raising £600,000 after receiving a flood of support from sharing their story in the Netflix documentary, The Tinder Swindler (pictured right)
But an Instagram story (pictured) from an account claiming to belong to Shimon Hayut – the serial fraudster who posed as the son of a billionaire Israeli diamond merchant to swindle women he dated out of thousands of pounds – has slammed the women’s campaign
But an Instagram story from an account claiming to belong to Hayut slammed the women’s campaign.
‘Go ahead and help real associations… not these manipulators. This is what is called MARKETING,’ the 30-year-old wrote on a since deleted social media profile on Wednesday, according to The Independent.
Cecilie, Ayleen and Pernilla say Hayut scammed them by claiming that he needed to borrow money because using his own funds could lead him to be traced by his enemies.
It is unclear how many other people fell for the scam but it is estimated that he conned his victims out of £7.4 million.
He has never been charged for scamming Cecilie, Ayleen or Pernilla, but was jailed in Israel for use of a fake passport in 2019 in Greece. He was released after five months on good behaviour.
Days after The Tinder Swindler was released, he reportedly issued a statement on his Instagram page.
Hayut has never been charged for scamming Cecilie, Ayleen or Pernilla, who are now hoping to raise £600,000 using GoFundMe (pictured)
‘I will share my side of the story in the next few days when I have sorted out the best and most respectful way to tell it, both to the involved parties and myself,’ he apparently wrote before deleting that account.
Cecilie, Ayleen and Pernilla raised more than £18,000 within 24 hours of launching their fundraising page and said that they are grateful for any help after being defrauded large sums.
The trio’s fundraiser read: ‘You’re probably here because you’ve heard about our story, and we appreciate you taking the time to search and find this page.
‘The past few days have been a whirlwind, and we three (Ayleen, Pernilla and Cecilie) have been completely shocked and floored by the flood of compassion and support from everyone. The sheer love is more than we ever expected, and we appreciate you all so much.
‘After careful consideration, and many chats, we have decided to start this GoFundMe fundraiser. So many people reached out to us asking if we had one, and it hadn’t occurred to us to make one prior to this.
‘However, we’ve spotted plenty of fakes, which makes us uneasy. We don’t want more people getting defrauded.
The trio of victims were conned into giving Shimon Heyada Hayut money, while believing that he was hiding from his enemies. Pictured: Ayleen Koeleman
‘We realise there are a thousand other worthy causes to donate to, and remain forever grateful if you choose to donate to this one. All we want are our lives back.’
Cecilie was a 29-year-old Norwegian graduate student living in London, when she says Hayut conned her out of more than £200,000.
She believed that she had finally met her Prince Charming, when she matched on Tinder with ‘Simon Leviev’ in 2019.
He claimed to be a billionaire playboy and even took her on a trip using his private plane during their first date.
The serial fraudster, who is no longer on Tinder, had 200,000 Instagram followers before deciding to close his account following backlash from the Netflix documentary.
Hayut (pictured) has deleted his Instagram and is no longer on Tinder, following backlash from the Netflix documentary
A stream of initial responses to the Netflix documentary were supportive of raising funds for the victims.
One person wrote: ‘Does Ayleen have a GoFundMe for that debt because I will happily add my coins for this MVP #TinderSwindler’
Another said: ‘Someone should set up a GoFundMe for the Tinder Swindler women who are still paying off their debts while the Swindler is back on Tinder!’
However, others have been sceptical of fundraising, with one commenting: ‘The GoFundMe from the victims of #TinderSwindler doesn’t sit right with me? Don’t they get paid for all the appearances they do?’
‘Sorry how much debt is there please, did they all give £200k or? All that touring and Netflix etc didn’t put a dent in the debt again all?,’ another wrote.
A third added: ‘No way I’d donate to this. I wouldn’t trust them with any sort of money after watching that.’
Netflix viewers were quick to express their sympathy for Hayut’s victims and suggested raising funds to pay off their debts
Some Twitter users admitted they will not be contributing to the GoFundMe page, while arguing the victims should be cashing in on their Netflix fame
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