Three prominent women in Netflix‘S The Tinder Swindler set up a GoFundMe page to reclaim any money they had lost to Shimon Heyada Hayut (known to his victims as Simon Leviev).
The true-crime documentary tells the story of a group of women as they try to track down a man who tricked them into millions through a dating app.
During the series, it is revealed that Hayut stole an estimated total of $10 million (£7.4 million) after luring his victims with lavish dates to gain their trust.
He was later charged with fraud, theft and forgery and sentenced to 15 months in prison but was released in May 2020, after serving only 5 months.
Cecilie Fjellhøy, Pernilla Sjöholm and Ayleen Charlotte – who are said to be still paying off their debts – set up a GoFundMe . Page on Sunday (January 6) to recover all the money they lost to Hayut.
“You are probably here because you heard about our story, and we appreciate you taking the time to search and find this page,” the trio wrote in the description of their sponsorship page. .
“The past few days have been a whirlwind, and the three of us (Ayleen, Pernilla and Cecilie) have been completely shocked and overwhelmed with everyone’s compassion and support. Absolute love is more than what we expected and we appreciate you all so much. “
Hayut left Fjellhøy, Charlotte and Sjöholm with debts of £185k, £25k and £103k respectively.
In an interview with Designer prior to the Netflix release, Fjellhøy, who was revealed to be Hayut’s ex-girlfriend, said “not once” did she think he was not who he claimed to be.
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“He just has magnetism. He seemed super smart and ambitious, and everyone I met endorsed him,” she said. “There’s never been a time when I thought he wasn’t what he said he was.”
“He would send beautiful bouquets of flowers to my apartment and text me every morning,” added Fjellhøy.
“I’m an old fashioned romantic junkie, so in a way I’m the perfect victim. He knows how to attract me.”
Things changed for Fjellhøy after Hayut claimed he had gotten into trouble with people in the diamond industry, and convinced her to allow him to use credit cards in her name.
Before going offline, he thanked his followers for their “support”, adding: “I’ll be sharing my side of the story over the next few days once I’ve sorted it out well.” and most respectful to tell it, both to the parties involved and to myself. ”
Then he said, “Until then, keep an open mind and heart.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/tinder-swindler-victims-gofundme-simon-leviev-b2009138.html Tinder Swindler victims have set up a GoFundMe page to get back what they’ve lost