The Tinder Swindler

The Tinder Swindler

Posing as a wealthy, jet-setting diamond mogul, an Israeli conman wooed women online then conned them out of millions of dollars. Now some victims plan for payback.

  • Released: 2022-02-02
  • Runtime: 114 minutes
  • Genre: Crime, Documentaries
  • Stars: Cecilie Fjellhøy, Shimon Yehuda Hayut, Pernilla Sjöholm, Ayleen Charlotte, Kristoffer Kumar, Erlend Ofte Arntsen, Natalie Remøe Hansen, Josh King Madrid (JetSet)
  • Director: Felicity Morris
  • lavatch - 27 January 2024
    May I Have Your Amex Card, Please?
    At first glance, "The Tinder Swindler" appeared to be a slick fictional film making use of documentary techniques. But it turned out to be an actual documentary using real characters plunged into a nightmare beyond any work of fiction imaginable!

    The hustler Simon used his unbounded ego to lure unsuspecting women into whirlwind romances before fleecing them to the tune of millions of dollars. For one woman, he was her personal "battery charger," oozing charm in "an emotional con."

    The film focuses on three of Simon's victims: Cecilie, Pernilla, and Ayleen. It was due in large part to the quick-thinking and ballsy Ayleen that Simon is eventually exposed and thwarted in his escapades as a gigolo. Some of Ayleen's facial expressions and word selections are priceless when she faces the camera and recounts her experiences with Simon and her eventual outrage.

    An essential point emerges in the film about the power of investigative reporting. A small team of journalists served as the catalyst, utilizing the internet to wear down Simon through their relentless stories and especially their work in photography.

    The film made extensive use of the very technology used by Simon to attract and con gullible women out of their fortunes. This was a cautionary tale about the dangers of internet-generated romance.

    Users Beware: the scammers are out there!!!
  • leukianikos - 13 September 2022
    Women swindled
    Enter Simon Leviev, an Israeli-born super-scammer, who's already been in jail there but who now targets pretty young European women in a fantastical Ponzi scheme to furnish his luxurious life style. An excellent documentary and a sad but also ironic story of women fortune hunters who end up being "hunted" and scammed. He's a scammer, for sure, and he should be in jail. But, as in all scams, the victims are driven by their own greed. Does anyone doubt that not a single one of those girls would have given the guy that much money if he had been an ordinary guy and not a "millionaire"? Scammed amateur gold diggers, poor ambitious girls.
  • alexmiracle-45385 - 25 July 2022
    Tinder Swindler
    The documentary itself is very interesting and flows great. With that being said I find it hard to believe the Swindler was able to do his new act on so many women before he finally got caught. The private jet alone gives me the thought that if he took all these females on this jet someone would recognize and be able to identify it. I also find it hard to believe that when interpol got involved he was only charged in one country. I'm sure the story is relatively the same through so the checks being sent for $100,000 multiple time is clearly check deception.
  • tellmemore-29830 - 30 April 2022
    Frightening reality
    I believe he is now available for rent at parties. How disgusting... This docco is amazingly well structured given the sensitive topics covered. Well done. Thoroughly enjoyed.