Simon Leviev, the subject of Netflix’s new documentary “The Tinder Swindler,” has been banned from dating apps such as Tinder and Hinge after the filmmakers claimed he had defrauded multiple women out of a total of $10 million.”The Tinder Swindler” follows three women who claim Leviev, an Israeli man they met separately on Tinder in 2018 or 2019, defrauded them. The women claimed in the video that Leviev — whose real name is Shimon Hayut — pretended to be the son of a wealthy billionaire, took them on costly dates, and began relationships with them before scamming them out of enormous sums of money.
The fact sheet didn’t mention Hayut or the documentary, but it did offer advice on how to spot a fraudster and what not to do when dating online.Hayut was caught in Greece in July 2019 and extradited back to Israel, where he was found guilty of four counts of fraud and sentenced to compensate his victims for a total of more than $43,000, according to The Times of Israel. He was released after only five months of his 15-month sentence had been served. Hayut has lived as a free man since his release in May 2020, according to the newspaper, and has routinely updated on his Instagram account, which has over 100,000 followers. As of Tuesday morning, his Instagram account had been removed.