The central subject of Netflix‘s new documentary The Tinder Swindler has reacted to the film.
The Tinder Swindler, released February 2, 2022, follows the story of how women decided to bring down a serial scammer who posed as a billionaire playboy on Tinder.
It is estimated that Shimon Hayut stole $10 million (£7.4 million) from his victims. Using the fake name, Simon Leviev, he gains the trust of women and takes them on expensive dates.
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As a result of its twists and turns, the document shot to the top of Netflix’s most-watched charts around the globe with many interested in who the fraudster really is.
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However, reacting to the film, Hayut took to his Instagram account to say, “Thank you for all your support. “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. Until then, please keep an open mind and heart.” In a surprising move, Shimon has deleted his Instagram account.
Victims Cecilie Fjellhøy, Ayleen Koeleman, and Pernilla Sjoholm have created a GoFundMe account with the intention of raising money to repay the debts they got after being scammed.
“You’re probably here because you’ve heard about our story, and we appreciate you taking the time to search and find this page,” they wrote.
“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.”
They added: “We don’t want more people getting defrauded. 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.”