Shimon Hayut, the Tinder scammer who called Simon Leviev.
The crimes of Shimon Hayut, better known as The Tinder scammer, continue to leave remnants in various parts of the world. Since his story was introduced by the popular Netflix documentary (most watched to date), the criminal has a hard time not being noticed.
And this was confirmed by a news story in The Times, which reported that Spanish authorities called for the Israeli arrest for showing false identification to local police on a beach in Cádiz in 2019.
At the time, Hayut was driving his Maserati pretending to be a wealthy tourist named Michael Bilton.
Hayut, the character that Netflix blasted into a documentary that everyone is talking about.
Although the case was about to be dropped after three years, it was reactivated last month after Spanish police contacted Cecilie Fjellhøy, the scammed Norwegian who unmasked Hayut in the documentary.
Hayut, also called himself simon leievwas jailed for several convictions related to his fraudulent activities and released in Israel after serving 5 to 15 months he had to serve behind bars for health measures in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.
The documentary showed several stories of women cheated and cheated by Hayut from millions of dollars, to which he was linked through a dating application.
Now he is wanted by Spanish justice.
Who is Shimon Hayut?
Hayut was born in Tel Aviv in 1990 and belongs to an ultra-Orthodox Jewish family, according to media outlets such as The Times of Israel and VG in Norway, and reproduced by the BBC. From there he fled in 2011 to avoid trial for fraud -related crimes he committed at the age of 20.
Upon escaping, he settled in Finland, where he began running the scam scheme addressed by the documentary. There he spent two years in prison for cheating on three women and when he was released he returned to Israel.
Before he was arrested a second time, Shimon escaped back to Europe, where he was a cheater again until 2019, the year he was arrested.
Hayut was only imprisoned for 5 months.
He was sentenced to 15 months in prison for theft, fraud and forgery of documents in Israelbut he was imprisoned only five months when he was released for good conduct.
Previously, the scammer denied everything they said about him: “I have the right to choose any name I want, I don’t present myself as anyone’s child, but people use their imaginations,” he said. on Israel’s Channel 12 news.
“Perhaps their hearts were broken during the process … I didn’t receive a penny from them, these women enjoyed my company, traveled and saw the world with my money,” she added. .
According to The Times of Israel, Hayut stole about $ 10 million in the years he cheated on women using Tinder.
The modus operandi of the criminal is as follows: he met his victims through Tinder, told them he was the son of diamond tycoon Lev Leviev, invited them on a first date with all the luxuries, over the days he made them. believing he was in danger, he would ask for their card, promising that he would return the money when his situation was fixed, and he would disappear. The money he received from the women was used to impress other women and so he lived a always luxurious life.