Videos of 'Tinder Swindler' Simon Leviev on Private Jets, Yachts Appear on TikTok

The Tinder Swindler has been one of Netflix's biggest releases this year, with its revelations about a dating app conman shocking viewers.

The true-crime documentary tells the stories of three women who meet a man claiming to be a billionaire—and later discover that he was swindling them out of money through an elaborate plot.

Cecilie Fjellhoy, Pernilla Sjoholm and Ayleen Charlotte knew the man they dated as "Simon Leviev" but his real name is Shimon Hayut. He posed as the heir to an Israeli diamond company and is thought to have defrauded his victims out of more than $10 million in total.

Hayut is currently a free man, however, and numerous videos posted on social media show him enjoying himself on yachts and private jets.

In 2019, he was jailed in Israel for traveling on a fake passport, but he was freed after five months. He previously spent two years in prison in Finland for defrauding a number of women, but was released in 2017.

Despite the revelations in the documentary, Hayut has not been charged for conning Fjellhoy, Sjoholm and Charlotte. The three women are still paying off their debts.

By contrast, Hayut appears to be flaunting his lavish lifestyle on social media, with videos posted to accounts using the handle @simon_leviev_official.

A TikTok account with that name posted its first video on February 2, the same day as Netflix launched the documentary. Its bio reads "CEO of Dating" alongside a cash with wings emoji and it has more than 160,000 followers.

However, a spokesperson for Hayut has told Newsweek that this TikTok account is fake.

"Simon does not have a TikTok and has never had one," the spokesperson said.

"Simon has one Instagram account which is currently being restricted by Instagram. He does not have any other Instagram accounts and has only had the same one since 2020. Simon did not write any of the captions on any of the fake accounts."

The spokesperson added: "People have stolen his videos and pics and made hundreds of fake accounts and are posting his videos and pics. It is not him."

In a video uploaded to @simon_leviev_official on TikTok on February 14, Hayut is seen addressing the camera and saying "this" account is his only social media profile.

"Happy Valentine's Day, everybody," he begins, adding: "I don't have any social media accounts but this one. No Tinder, no Instagram, no Facebook—nothing."

Any other accounts using the Simon Leviev name are "fake," he says.

Hayut's spokesperson says this video was grabbed from his Instagram before it was restricted.

"It was taken from his account and used on fake accounts like the one you're referring to," the spokesperson said. "That was from his IG story that he posted on Monday."

Newsweek has contacted Instagram and TikTok for comment.

In one TikTok post on the @simon_leviev_official, the 31-year-old is seen on a private jet. The clip is captioned: "It's just business," along with the hashtags: #tindermoney #thankyou #love #foryou #fyp #foryoupage #youpaid #forever #easymoney #netflix #tinder #takecare

In another clip, Hayut is smoking a cigar on a yacht. Here, the caption is: "Think what you want," with hashtags such as #youpaid #forever #easymoney #netflix #tinderswindler.

It is not known when the clips on a jet and yacht were filmed. However, Instagram stories that appeared in The Tinder Swindler show Hayut living as a free man in Israel.

When the documentary was released, a statement was issued on the Instagram account @simon_leviev_official reading: "Thank you for all your support. I will share my side of the story in the next few days when I have sorted out the best and most respectful way to tell it, both to the involved parties and myself. Until then, please keep an open mind and heart."

The Instagram account has since been restricted, according to Hayut's spokesperson. There were reports on Monday that it was live again, but when Newsweek tried to access the page on Wednesday, there was only the message "Sorry, this page isn't available."

The Tinder Swindler is available to stream on Netflix now.

Update 02/16/22, 12:30 p.m. ET: This article was updated to add comments from Hayut's spokesperson.

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The conman "Simon Leviev"—real name Shimon Hayut—is arrested in Athens on July 2, 2019. He is now living in Israel. Getty/TikTok