Have you seen the Netflix show, The Tinder Swindler? In this British documentary, you hear the story of several Finnish women who were victims of a con man named Simon Leviev, an Israeli man who legally changed his name from Shimon Hayut. He attracted women on Tinder by pretending to be a billionaire’s son . He was dating all the women at the same time without their knowing it, telling them he loved them as well as swindling them out of money with very convincing stories.
I won’t give you all the details in case you want to watch it. I will give away the ending though. He gets arrested and sentenced to 15 MONTHS of which he only served FIVE due to Covid! This is after swindling people out of millions of dollars. He got out of prison and went right back to conning and living the high life.
He had been arrested for crimes since he was only 18 years old. He went to prison in 2015 and 2019, but didn’t seem to learn his lesson. He is now selling business and real estate courses that I’m sure are perfectly legal.
He is still on Instagram ! https://www.instagram.com/simon.officialll1/?hl=en He claims the Netflix show was a lie.
This made me think about other con artists I’ve heard about and the light sentences they received after tons of work had gone into catching them. The punishment does not seem to fit the crime. The reason seems to be that the victim is blamed for the actions of the con man. And some people actually admire the ingenuity of the con!
I admit that the women in the Netflix show did seem extra gullible and possibly greedy. But there are other scams that men fall for, especially get-rich-quick investment scams. Cons also prey on the elderly and the poor.
Here is one lady who gave her entire retirement savings to a con man.
Here is a fraud targeting the elderly.
The problem is that even if they get caught, the sentence is so light that they go right back to their scams when they get out. The rewards outweigh the risks of getting caught and the punishment.
The Tinder Swindler was an interesting story, but the women did not get their money back and the swindler did not learn his lesson. Moral of the story: Beware people who look too good to be true and don’t expect the law to help you if you get taken.
What do you think? Should con artists get tougher sentences? Is it ‘their own fault’ when people get swindled? Are dating apps safe?