Simon Leviev rose to fame after the documentary The Tinder Swindler went viral on Netflix a few weeks ago. The media claims he made his fortune by taking advantage of women he met online, but in a recent interview, he claimed that he got rich with a more direct method: investing in Bitcoin.
In an interview with Inside Edition, Simon Leviev – whose real name is Shimon Hayut – said that, contrary to what the media portrays, he was a businessman who bought Bitcoin over 10 years ago and got rich simply from the currency.
Simon Leviev declined to talk about his life after the release of the documentary The Tinder Swindler. In the first interview he gave, he was emphatic that the women who accused him of being a crook were misrepresenting the facts.
Leviev denied being the son of a famous diamond businessman and also denied having introduced himself that way in his Tinder matches. Despite versions claiming that he made a fortune of approx. $10 million from your dirty games, Leviev explained which was all thanks to Bitcoin:
“I am a legitimate businessman. you know, i bought bitcoin in 2011, which was [then worth] nothing, I don’t need to say how much it’s worth now.”
Bitcoin’s price was around $30 per token during its 2011 peak and $1 at its lowest point of the year. If Leviev is telling the truth, as of today, we would be talking about an investment with a staggering return between 118233% and 3549900%. To earn the $10 million they allege he cheated, he would have had to invest $282 max at the time.
Who is Simon Leviev aka The Tinder Swindler
According to the documentary The Tinder Swindler, Leviev used the dating app to meet girls and date those who met a specific profile of being basically middle-aged, financially independent, and prone to being manipulated with their tactics.
During his dates, he would seduce his partners with dates in luxurious locations, displaying an alleged wealth that he justified by claiming to be the son of a diamond magnate.
After some time, he would come into contact with his partners, making them believe that he was being persecuted and threatened; therefore, he could not use his credit cards to pay his business and personal expenses. The partners would lend him the money he needed, and eventually Leviev would disappear.
The documentary’s producers obtained testimonies from three women deceived with the same Modus Operandi.
Leviev denied everything and did not even present his version of events to Netflix. The girls have already raised $250K from the community, but now Leviev wants to clear his name.
“I’m not a fraud and I’m not a fake… People don’t know me, so they can’t judge me. I am the greatest gentleman in the world.”
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