GoFundMe: How 3 women scammed by Netflix’s ‘Tinder Swindler’ hit back, but critics say they ‘can’t trust the money’ : The Tribune India


Grandstand web desk

Chandigarh, February 10

The three women – who were scammed by the ‘Tinder Swindler’ – set up a GoFundMe page to raise £600,000 to cover their debts. Critics, however, say they “can’t be trusted with money.”

The three women are Cecilie Fjellhoy, Pernilla Sjoholm and Ayleen Charlotte.

They created a fundraising page for people to help pay off their debts after receiving an outpouring of support by sharing their story in a Netflix documentary.

The three were tricked into thinking Shimon Heyada Hayut, 30, from Israel, was the son of a billionaire diamond dealer after meeting him on a dating app.

The convicted scammer used the money he acquired from other victims to impress single women with an expensive lifestyle and lavish gifts.

Shimon is said to have borrowed money because using his own funds could lead to him being tracked down by his enemies.

It’s unclear how many other people fell for the scam, but it’s estimated he defrauded his victims out of £7.4million.

After receiving messages of support following the hit Netflix documentary, Cecilie, Ayleen and Pernilla set up a GoFundMe page in the hope of raising £600,000.

The team’s fundraiser reads: “You’re probably here because you heard about our story, and we appreciate you taking the time to research and find this page. The past few days have been a whirlwind, and the three of us (Ayleen, Pernilla, and Cecilie) were completely shocked and overwhelmed by the outpouring of compassion and support from everyone. Pure love is more than we bargained for, and we appreciate you all After much thought and much discussion, we have decided to start this GoFundMe fundraiser. So many people have asked if we have one, and it hadn’t crossed our minds to do one before. this. However, we have spotted a lot of counterfeits, which makes us uneasy. I don’t want more people getting scammed. We realize there are a thousand other great causes to donate to, and we you will be eternally recognized ants if you choose to donate to it. All we want is to get our lives back.

Mixed reactions:

“Someone should set up a GoFundMe for Tinder Swindler women who are still paying off their debts while the scammer is back on Tinder!”

“#TinderSwindler victims GoFundMe not right for me? Aren’t they paid for every appearance they make?”

“Sorry how much debt is there please have they all given £200,000 or? All these tours and Netflix etc haven’t reduced the debt yet?”

“No way am I donating for this. I wouldn’t trust them with money after watching this.”

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