An Israeli man who posed as the son of a multi-millionaire is currently on the run from police after he scammed multiple women that he met through Tinder. He used the money to fund his “lavish” lifestyle.
The Times Of Israel reports Simon Leviev, real name Shimon Hayut, pretended to be the son of multi-millionaire Lev Leviev and scammed multiple women from Norway, Finland, and Sweden. Hayut met his victims through the dating app Tinder and took them on lavish dates to feign romantic interest. After taking the women on multiple dates, Hayut would sell a story about security issues in reference to his business and asked his dates for money.
Hayut also had a fake bodyguard and business partners to make his story sound convincing. One of the victims, Cecilie Schrøder Fjellhøy, says Hayut asked her for thousands of dollars and took out a loan at one point because he maxed out her credit card.
He also used a fake TD Bank loan statement as “proof” that he paid back the money he owed her. During an interview with Verdens Gang newspaper, Hayut swindled Fjelløy out of 2.1 million Norwegian Krones(244,000 USD).
The swindler allegedly used the money to pay for pilot lessons and scammed a student by investing in a non-existent business deal.
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Hayut is also wanted in Israel on charges of theft, forgery, and fraud after stealing one of his relative’s checks back in 2011. He served three years at a Finnish prison for fraud but continued to scam women after his release. Currently, his location is unknown.
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