The Tinder Swindler Left a Cryptic Note About the Netflix Doc Right Before Deleting Instagram
It is scammer season once again. And the scammer of the moment, the Tinder Swindler, just deleted his Instagram after sharing a reaction to the Netflix documentary about him.
The Tinder Swindler, who earned his nickname after reportedly using dating apps to meet women whom he would later scam into sending him money, is the subject of a new documentary film—titled The Tinder Swindler—which was released on Netflix last week. The doc claims that Simon Leviev, real name Shimon Hayut, used the online dating app to meet women under false pretenses. He enticed these women into his extravagant lifestyle by using private jets and fancy hotels while pretending to be the son of the CEO of a diamond company. Eventually, the doc says, he manipulated these women into giving him large amounts of money via credit cards and loans. Hayut is estimated to have stolen $10 million from a number of victims using this scam.
The Tinder Swindler took off on Netflix as soon as it dropped, on February 2. Now Hayut has hinted that we’ll get his perspective on the story, whatever that is. Right before deleting his Instagram account, the Tinder Swindler posted that soon he would be sharing his “side of the story,” per Glamour U.K.
“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,” Hayut wrote. “Until then, please keep an open mind and heart.”
Hayut deleted the account shortly after sharing the post.
The Tinder Swindler has proved to be a massive hit for Netflix. Per Deadline, the film, directed by Felicity Morris, became the first-ever documentary to lead the streamer’s weekly film chart, and got 45.8 million hours of views globally during the week of its release. It also hit the top 10 in 92 countries.