According to TMZ, the Tinder scammer plans to use his newfound fame on Netflix to hack into Hollywood.
Shimon Hayut Hayut, 30, from Israel, who went by several aliases, including Simon Leviev, scammed women he met on Tinder into thinking he was the son of a billionaire diamond dealer before swindling them out of an estimated $7.4 million. pounds.
He was exposed in the Netflix documentary The Tinder Swindler, released earlier this month, in which his victims shared their stories.
Sources close to the swindler say he now wants to write a book, host a dating podcast and even unveiled a controversial new TV show in which women will compete for his love.
Assisting him in his entertainment career will apparently be former pornographic actress Gina Rodriquez, CEO of talent management company Gitoni.
She recently shared a story on Instagram tagging Hayut in a snap posted by another account with the caption “It’s a coincidence” according to Metro.co.uk.
Shimon Heyada Hayut (pictured), 30, from Israel, who went by several aliases including Simon Leviev, scammed women he met on Tinder into thinking he was the son of a billionaire diamond dealer before swindling them out of about 7 .4 million pounds.
Assisting him in his entertainment career is likely to be former pornography actress Gina Rodriquez (pictured left), CEO of talent management company Gitoni. She recently shared a story on Instagram (pictured right), tagging Hayut in a snap posted by another account with the caption “This is a coincidence.”
TMZ reports that with the help of his new manager, Hayut pitched the idea of a dating show in which women compete for his love, as well as a podcast in which he talks about the do’s and don’ts of dating.
Sources close to Hayut add that he claims the Netflix program “got it all wrong and he wants to clear his name.”
The convicted scammer who posed as “Simon Leviev,” the son of billionaire Russian-Israeli diamond tycoon Lev Leviev, showered women he met on Tinder with lavish trips and gifts using money he took from other victims.
He then asked for more funds under the pretext of needing to protect his identity for security reasons.
Last week, an Instagram account claiming to be a “Tinder scammer” branded three of its victims “manipulators” after they launched a fundraising page in an attempt to cover the massive debt they were left with.
Cecily Fjellhoy, Eileen Keleman and Pernilla Sjoholm set up a GoFundMe profile in hopes of raising £600,000 after receiving a flood of support by sharing their story in a Netflix documentary.
Cecily Fjellhoy (pictured left), Eileen Keleman and Pernilla Sjoholm set up a GoFundMe profile in hopes of raising £600,000 after they received a flood of support by sharing their story in the Netflix documentary ‘The Tinder Swindler’ (pictured right).
But an Instagram story (pictured) from an account allegedly owned by Shimon Hayut — a serial scammer who posed as the son of a billionaire Israeli diamond dealer to swindle women he dated out of thousands of pounds — criticized the women’s campaign.
But an Instagram story from an account allegedly owned by Hayut criticized the women’s campaign.
“Come on, help real associations… not these manipulators. This is what is called MARKETING,” the 30-year-old wrote on a now-deleted social media profile on Wednesday, according to The Independent.
Cecilia, Eileen and Pernilla say that Hayut deceived them by saying that he needs to borrow the money because using his own funds could cause his enemies to hunt him down.
It is not clear how many other people fell for the scam, but it is estimated that he swindled his victims out of £7.4 million.
He was never charged with cheating on Cecily, Eileen or Pernilla, but was jailed in Israel in 2019 in Greece for using a fake passport. He was released five months later for good behavior.
A few days after the release of The Tinder Swindler, he reportedly posted a statement on his Instagram page.
Hayut has never been accused of cheating Cecily, Eileen or Pernilla, who now hope to raise £600,000 with GoFundMe (pictured).
“I will share my version of this story in the next few days as I choose the best and most respectful way to tell it to both the parties involved and myself,” he wrote, apparently before deleting that account.
Cecilia, Eileen and Pernilla raised over £18,000 within 24 hours of launching their fundraising page and said they are grateful for any help after being swindled out of large sums.
The trio’s fundraiser read, “You’re probably here because you’ve heard of our story and we appreciate you taking the time to find this page.”
“The last few days have been a whirlwind and the three of us (Eileen, Pernilla and Cecilia) have been completely overwhelmed and bewildered by the flood of compassion and support from everyone. Pure love is more than we ever expected and we really appreciate you all.
“After careful consideration and numerous chats, we have decided to start fundraising on GoFundMe. So many people have reached out to us asking if we have one and it never occurred to us to make one before.
“However, we found a lot of fakes, which worries us. We don’t want more people to be scammed.
The three victims were tricked into giving money to Shimon Heyade Hayut, believing that he was hiding from his enemies. Pictured: Eileen Kuleman
“We understand that there are thousands of other worthy reasons to donate, and we will forever be grateful if you choose to donate to this. All we want is to get our lives back.”
Cecilia was a 29-year-old Norwegian graduate student living in London when she says Hayut conned her out of over £200,000.
She believed she had finally met her Prince Charming when she met “Simon Leviev” on Tinder in 2019.
He claimed to be a billionaire playboy and even took her on a trip on his private jet during their first date.
The serial scammer, no longer on Tinder, had 200,000 followers on Instagram before he decided to close his account after the backlash against the Netflix documentary.
Hayut (pictured) has deleted his Instagram and is no longer on Tinder due to the backlash against the Netflix documentary.
The stream of initial responses to the Netflix documentary supported the fundraiser for those affected.
One person wrote: “Does Eileen have a GoFundMe for this debt because I’ll gladly add my coins for this MVP #TinderSwindler.”
Another said: “Someone should create a GoFundMe for the female Tinder scammers who are still paying their debts while the scammer is back on Tinder!”
However, others are skeptical about fundraising, with one commenting: “GoFundMe from #TinderSwindler victims not right for me? Aren’t they paid for all the performances they do?
“Excuse me, please, how much debt is there, did they all give 200 thousand pounds or? All this touring, Netflix, etc. did not reduce the debt again? ”wrote another.
A third added: “I would never donate to this. I wouldn’t trust them with any money after watching this.”
Netflix viewers were quick to express sympathy for Hayut’s victims and offered to raise funds to pay off their debts.
Some Twitter users have admitted they won’t be contributing to the GoFundMe page, arguing that the victims should cash in on their Netflix fame.