TheTinder Swindler has taken Netflix by storm, and apparently he’s now on TikTok.
The documentary tells the story of Simon Leviev, or Shimon Hayut, an Israeli scam artist was allegedly at the centre of a £7.4m Ponzi scheme. He would sweep women off their feet in the initial stages of dating while purporting to be the son of an Israeli diamond tycoon. But soon, he would claim his “enemies” were on his tail and he would ask the women to send him money to fund his security.
After just spending a short stint in prison, he’s now out and living it up with his new girlfriend in Israel.
The bio on the account reads: “My part of the story Coming Soon. Have an amazing day everyone!” It also claims he has a new Instagram.
The account has so far garnered 43,000 followers and 120,000 likes, and the videos have each received hundreds of thousands of views.
However, there are a few things that don’t add up.
The first video to the account was only posted six days ago, and the videos seem clipped in a way that appears to take them out of context.
Some of them feature Leviev saying something generic in the video before the person behind the account added a caption related to the documentary.
For example, one such video shows Leviev driving and wishing everyone a great day. The caption reads: “When you realise the Netflix Documentary was a success”.
But given it was revealed that he threatened the filmmakers with a lawsuit at the end of the documentary, and he’s since denied the claims made in the special, we’re suspicious that he would consider it a “success”.
When you realise the Netflix Documentary was a Success 👍 #thankyou #youpaid #netflix #tinder #makingmoney #fyp #foryou #foryoupage #loveyou #forever
His ex-girlfriend Polina, a Russian model who dumped him at the end of the Netflix film, also features in the clips - making it look less and less likely it’s actually Leviev behind the TikTok account.
You paid for it, so have a magnificent day 👍💸 #tindermoney #thankyou #love #fortou#fyp #foryoupage
Other comments supposedly from Leviev also seem too “jokey” to be genuine.
In the comment section of his first video, the account holder wrote: “Feel free to send me your cash. I accept all the major credit cards.”
Viewers have also cottoned on that it’s very unlikely to be the real swindler behind the account.
On a video showing his ex, one viewer wrote: “Y’all thinking this is really his page?! That’s his ex who dumped him these videos are so old.”
Other journalists have also highlighted their suspicions over the account. In the comment section on one of the videos, a Buzzfeed journalist said she would love for him to verify that this account is actually his.
As a test, perhaps we should petition for him to pose with today’s newspaper while he talks about his new TikTok venture…
indy100 has contacted the account for comment.
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