"The Tinder Swindler" on Netflix has given new life to a terrible situation that happened to a handful of women a few years ago.
A man by the name of Shimon Hayut (aka Simon Leviev) spent years tricking women he met on Tinder into giving him hundreds of thousands of dollars to live a very lavish lifestyle. These women took out loans in their names and eventually ended up in severe debt because of the acts of a man they thought was named Simon, a man they thought loved and cared for them.
Now, with the popularity of the Netflix show "The Tinder Swindler," the three victims in the show have started their own GoFundMe to raise the money they lost. (Even though Simon was eventually arrested, he was never charged with conning these women, so they never got a dime back from him.)
Cecilie Fjellhøy, Ayleen Koeleman, and Pernilla Sjoholm have a goal of £600,000 (about $812,700). So far the trio has raised over $50,000.
The swindler has thanked his supporters, adding: "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."
No word from him yet.
"The Tinder Swindler" is available on Netflix.