'Tinder Fraud' Victim Simon Leviev Reveals How The Fraudster Left Her In Jail

‘Tinder Fraud’ Victim Simon Leviev Reveals How The Fraudster Left Her In Jail

A woman has revealed how she was the first victim of “Tinder scammer” Simon Leviev and faced years in prison after he tricked her into using a stolen credit card.

Courtney Simmonds-Miller, 31, originally from Cambridge, met the scammer back in 2008 when she was 19 years old and lived in Cyprus with her grandparents.

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.

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.

Courtney Simmonds-Miller has revealed how Tinder scammer Simon Leviev got her involved in a credit card scam.

Courtney Simmonds-Miller has revealed how Tinder scammer Simon Leviev got her involved in a credit card scam.

Simon Leviev, who scammed women out of an estimated £7.4 million, was exposed in the Netflix documentary The Tinder Swindler.

Simon Leviev, who scammed women out of an estimated £7.4 million, was exposed in the Netflix documentary The Tinder Swindler.

Kourtney was never romantically involved with him, but she became friends with Leviev, then 20, when they worked together at a mall in the coastal city of Limassol selling hair extensions and curling irons. The couple talked after work, skated, visited clubs and bars.

Speaking to The Sun, she said “100 percent less.” [Leviev’s] spell” and felt that the scammer was her “soulmate in friend form”.

Soon Leviev began to lie to Courtney. After a trip home to Israel, he told her that he was a “secret millionaire” who only worked in Cyprus because his rich father wanted him to know the value of money.

Courtney Simmonds-Miller says she was fed up with trolls labeling Leviev's victims as

Courtney Simmonds-Miller says she was fed up with trolls labeling Leviev’s victims as “gold diggers” and pointed out that he scammed her without “all the immersive theater and money.”

But, according to him, now he must receive an inheritance and plans to open a business.

When Leviev invited her to become his personal assistant with a salary far in excess of what she could earn in a shopping center, she readily agreed.

But Courtney still regrets this decision, more than ten years later.

Falling in love with his seductive charm not only cost her thousands of pounds, but also got her involved in an international credit card scam that landed her in a cockroach-infested Cypriot prison.

After she accepted the job, one of her first tasks was to hire a BMW for Leviev so he could show up to business meetings looking impressively successful.

She hired a car in her name because he said he didn’t have an international driver’s license.

Leviev provided credit card details for the transaction.

However, it turned out that the card had been stolen in Israel, and Courtney and Leviev were arrested. After the strip search, she spent three weeks in custody, describing the prison as “inhuman”.

“It was disgusting in the cell, there were cockroaches everywhere. There were no doors in the showers and toilets, and the toilet itself was just a hole in the floor,” she said.

Despite the couple’s passports being confiscated, Leviev managed to escape the country, prompting the police to tell Kourtney she was facing punishment for his crimes.

“It was terrible. He left me to take responsibility for everything,” she said.

It was a terrible time. If found guilty, Kourtney faces up to seven years behind bars, although this is finally the turning point.

Despite Levaev maintaining his innocence by calling her from a foreign number and promising to send a lawyer to help her case, Kourtney knew she could never trust him again.

She told the Mail on Sunday: “I told him I no longer believe a word he says. I said, “Please don’t ever call me again.” You ruined my life.

“He left me to deal with it all. I couldn’t understand how he could do this to me.

“I thought I knew him. I spent hours and hours of my life with him. The betrayal was heartbreaking.”

Leviev frequently posts images on Instagram that showcase his lavish lifestyle, showing off private jets and luxury travel experiences.

Leviev frequently posts images on Instagram that showcase his lavish lifestyle, showing off private jets and luxury travel experiences.

The family ended up paying over £14,000 before Courtney was acquitted two years later.

Kourtney, who said she was “nauseous” when she thought about Leviev’s crimes, found out he scammed more women in 2019 when a friend sent a link to an article in the Norwegian newspaper VG.

It was about a man who scammed three women after he met them on Tinder, and the photo that accompanied it was instantly recognizable.

Cecilia Fjellhoy and fellow victims 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.

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.

Meanwhile, his victims received backlash for trying to raise money to rebuild their lives.

But Kourtney said she hates to see victims whose lives have been ruined branded as gold diggers, saying, “I’m living proof that his spell doesn’t need all the immersive theater and money to work.”

A scammer who posed as the son of a billionaire diamond dealer to swindle women he met on Tinder out of around £7.4m now reportedly wants to 'hack Hollywood'.

A scammer who posed as the son of a billionaire diamond dealer to swindle women he met on Tinder out of around £7.4m now reportedly wants to ‘hack Hollywood’.

Meanwhile, Leviev continues to make headlines following recent news that he plans to use his newfound fame to hack Hollywood.

Celebrity website TMZ reported that sources close to the swindler say he wants to write a book, host a dating podcast and even unveiled a controversial new TV show where 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.

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.

Leviev was never charged with scamming women, but in 2019 in Greece he was jailed in Israel for using a fake passport. He was released five months later for good behavior.

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