Tinder Swindler slams manipulative victims for using GoFundMe to cover debts

The Tinder Swindler has branded his victims as "manipulators" for trying to recoup their losses through a GoFundMe page.

The convicted fraudster is the subject of a much talked about Netflix documentary, where he calls himself 'Simon Leviev' and cons women out of huge sums of money after meeting them on the dating app.

The would-be Romeo from Israel, real name Shimon Hayut, stole approximately $10m (£7.4m) from his victims by luring them into his fake luxury lifestyle, gaining their trust and then asking them for loans.

Cecilie Fjellhøy, Pernilla Sjöholm, and Ayleen Charlotte, the three of Hayut's victims featured on the Netflix show, are reportedly still paying off their debts and have set up a GoFundMe page to help recuperate their losses.

Yesterday (February 9) Hayut branded them "manipulators" on his Instagram, saying: “Go ahead and help real associations.. not these manipulators. This is what is called MARKETING.”

Hayut was sentenced to 15 months in prison for fraud charges unrelated to the events portrayed by Netflix, but served just five before being released.

Cecilie said she ended up receiving psychiatric care and claims the 30-year-old conned her out of £185,000 in just a matter of weeks.

The fundraiser reads: "You’re probably here because you’ve heard about our story, and we appreciate you taking the time to search and find this page.

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"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.

"After careful consideration, and many chats, we have decided to start this GoFundMe fundraiser. So many people reached out to us asking if we had one, and it hadn’t occurred to us to make one prior to this.

"However, we’ve spotted plenty of fakes, which makes us uneasy. 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."

In 2015, Finnish authorities charged him with defrauding three women, who did not appear on the show and sentenced him to two years in jail.

In 2017, he was returned to Israel, where he was to be re-charged and sentenced, but assumed a different identity and fled the country.

He was extradited back to Israel in October 2019, after fleeing the country in 2017 to avoid trial for various fraud-related offences.

The conman was sentenced to 15 months in prison and ordered to pay $43,289 (£32,000) in compensation but released after five months.

The serial fraudster racked up thousands of followers on Instagram before closing his account following backlash from the Netflix documentary. He reopened it to call his victims "manipulators".

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