Victims of Netflix doc’s alleged ‘Tinder Swindler’ have united because of this: ‘A giant f— you to him’

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A number of victims of the alleged “Tinder Swindler” have banded collectively in hopes of lastly transferring on.

Cecilie Fjellhøy from Norway, Pernilla Sjöholm from Sweden and Ayleen Charlotte of Amsterdam have teamed up with Chagit Leviev, CEO of Leviev Diamonds, to launch a bracelet referred to as “Stronger Collectively.”

The piece, designed by the ladies, options two golden rings and two interlocking diamonds. It retails for $169, and all income will go to the ladies to get well their monetary losses. They’ll donate 10% of the income to charity.

I watched the [Netflix] documentary identical to everybody else,” Leviev advised Fox Information Digital. Leviev famous it was she who reached out to the ladies about working collectively after watching the movie.

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(LR) Cecilie Fjellhøy, Chagit Leviev, Ayleen Charlotte and Pernilla Sjöholm attend the Stronger Together Bracelet launch at Mister French June 21, 2022, in New York City.

(LR) Cecilie Fjellhøy, Chagit Leviev, Ayleen Charlotte and Pernilla Sjöholm attend the Stronger Collectively Bracelet launch at Mister French June 21, 2022, in New York Metropolis.
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“Sooner or later, I wakened and out of the blue discovered that our household, our firm, even our household photographs had been featured on this documentary with out us being ready for it,” Leviev mentioned. “It was an actual shock, but it surely was additionally actually unhappy to see what these ladies went by way of and the way this man managed to govern them. He impersonated the CEO of this firm. It was simply so unlucky, and we felt actually sorry for these women. However I additionally felt proud that all of them got here ahead to speak about this in entrance of the entire world to attempt to battle this man.

“We now have been making an attempt to battle him for years, and we could not cease him,” she added. “We simply did not know the best way to make him cease. The truth that his story lastly got here to gentle on this Netflix documentary solely proved that he could not get away together with his lies. I felt these ladies did one thing so brave in sharing their story, this humiliating expertise. I needed to help them. I assumed we might create one thing collectively the place they might profit from the income.”

Shimon Hayut has been accused of disguising himself as Simon Leviev, the globe-trotting son of Leviev’s father, Israel’s “King of Diamonds” Lev Leviev. Allegedly utilizing that id, he would appeal ladies he discovered on the favored courting app together with his prosperous life-style.

As soon as a long-distance relationship was established, the 31-year-old would allegedly sway the ladies to offer him 1000’s of {dollars}, insisting he was working in a harmful enterprise. However as he supposedly traveled for work, Hayut allegedly continued to dwell lavishly on his victims’ dime.

Shimon Hayut, also known as Simon Leviev, has vehemently denied the allegations made against him.

Shimon Hayut, also called Simon Leviev, has vehemently denied the allegations made in opposition to him.
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Fjellhøy, Sjöholm and Charlotte had been simply three of many ladies who claimed they had been conned by Hayut. In accordance with stories, Hayut allegedly swindled an estimated $10 million from individuals throughout the globe from 2017 to 2019.

A spokesperson for Hayut didn’t instantly reply to Fox Information Digital’s request for remark.

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“I feel it is necessary to level out that he did not simply defraud ladies,” Sjöholm defined. “A fraudster goes to take each alternative on the market, and it is not solely ladies. And other people have felt ashamed about talking up, so that they get away with it. With fraud, the victims are often blamed. Like, how might they do that to you?

“The misperception lots of people nonetheless have is that we fell for his cash,” Charlotte mentioned. “The reality is, I assumed I actually had a reference to him. However a fraudster is sort of a chameleon. They modify their colours. They modify their character with everybody they encounter. Everybody thinks we simply fell in love with him and, inside a number of days, we had been sending him cash. However it’s not true. For instance, in my case, I used to be already with him for seven months earlier than he began to ask for cash. Individuals are calling us gold diggers, however I feel I’d be the worst gold digger on the earth if I gave all my cash!”

The Stronger Together bracelet.

The Stronger Collectively bracelet.
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Hayut fled his residence nation in 2011 to keep away from fraud-related offenses he dedicated in his early 20s, The Instances of Israel reported. He ran off to Finland, the place he was sentenced to 2 years in a Finnish jail in 2015 after being charged with defrauding three ladies. He returned to Israel in 2017, however then traveled to Europe a second time when he modified his identify. In accordance with the outlet, Leviev’s father filed a criticism in opposition to Hayut for “falsely presenting himself as his son.”

Hayut was a needed man in a number of international locations, together with Israel, Sweden, England, Germany, Denmark and Norway, Folks journal reported. Hayut was caught by police in Greece in 2019 after utilizing a fraudulent passport. He was deported to Israel. Later that 12 months, he was convicted of fraud, theft and forgery. He was sentenced to fifteen months in jail however was launched after 5 months on “good conduct.”

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After his launch, Hayut was lively on social media the place he had over 200,000 followers on Instagram. At one level, he even had a web site, on which he charged shoppers over $300 for enterprise recommendation. Each pages have since been taken down. His Cameo web page, on which he expenses $99 for customized movies, remains to be dwell. Folks journal famous that he was again on Tinder after his launch.

Netflix's "Tinder Swindler" documentary premiered in February.

Netflix’s “Tinder Swindler” documentary premiered in February.
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He refused to take part within the movie earlier than it got here out in February of this 12 months. Over 50 million individuals streamed the documentary inside weeks of its premiere. That very same month, he was banned from the platform. Tinder additionally added new pointers: “Romance Scams: Find out how to Shield Your self On-line,” stressing to look out for scammers who will use the platform to prey on “weak” individuals “in search of love.”

The documentary famous Leviev “has by no means been charged with defrauding” the ladies, and so they had been nonetheless paying off their money owed. Fjellhøy, Sjöholm and Charlotte launched a GoFundMe fundraiser, stating on their web page, “All we would like is our lives again.”

Chagit beforehand advised Forbes that, starting in 2017, she and her household acquired quite a few calls and emails from European distributors regarding unpaid charters for non-public planes, yachts and high-end automotive companies. Hayut was due in an Israeli courtroom on June 28 to face legal expenses introduced in opposition to him by the Leviev household.

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Ayleen Charlotte said she hopes her story will serve as a warning to others at risk of becoming victims of fraud.

Ayleen Charlotte mentioned she hopes her story will function a warning to others susceptible to changing into victims of fraud.
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“So many individuals preserve calling us and saying, ‘Is that this your brother?'” mentioned Chagit. “Most individuals could not perceive that he was pretending to be a brother. They thought he was an precise member of the family. Our firm turned bombarded with assaults and dangerous critiques.

“Folks swore we employed Simon to make these faux checks and pay stubs. They felt that one way or the other we had been concerned. However we had been deceived ourselves. … He was doing all of this with out our information. And it was simply irritating that folks did not perceive. Even now, individuals ask, ‘How’s your brother?’

“I am hoping this collaboration will clear up numerous that confusion,” she mentioned. “He isn’t a member of the family. He isn’t concerned with us.”

The ladies mentioned that they’re nonetheless decided to rebuild their lives. They hope to have the braveness to belief once more.

Cecilie Fjellhøy said she's "not giving up" in her search for justice.

Cecilie Fjellhøy mentioned she’s “not giving up” in her seek for justice.
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“We’re nonetheless preventing,” mentioned Fjellhøy. “We’re not giving up. However it’s been so tough to get justice. … I felt alone on this. However after listening to these tales from different ladies, we’re counting on one another for inspiration. We have met with one another , and we have been supporting one another. There’s disappointment on this scenario, but it surely’s been good to see one thing optimistic, this friendship blossom.”

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Hayut has vehemently denied all of the allegations made in opposition to him.

After the documentary was launched, he advised Inside Version he was “only a single man who needed to fulfill some women on Tinder,” insisting that “I’m not a Tinder Swindler.” He additionally advised EW the Netflix movie is “a whole made-up film.”

Most just lately, Hayut confirmed to Forbes that he legally modified his identify to Simon Leviev in 2017. He additionally denied the allegations made by the Leviev household.

Pernilla Sjöholm said she was grateful to speak out about her experience.

Pernilla Sjöholm mentioned she was grateful to talk out about her expertise.
(Netflix)

“To start with, let me begin off that this isn’t a courtroom case. It is a present that may happen in courtroom,” his assertion mentioned partly. “The Leviev household has filed this non-public criticism in opposition to me. Technically any individual can do this with none proof or stable proof. That’s the reason they selected to do it this manner and to not do it within the formal manner that it ought to be, and it is simply to indicate that they are doing one thing.

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“I’m harmless and can quickly file lawsuits in opposition to the Leviev household, identical as I filed lawsuits in opposition to the women again in 2019 … It is a present, a publicity stunt. The Leviev household should not the legislation, they’re lawbreakers.”

However for Charlotte, she mentioned the message her bracelet represents is evident.

“It is like a giant f—- you to him,” she mentioned. “It is the proper payback.”

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