Why You Should Swipe Right On Netflix’s ‘The Tinder Swindler’
According to Cecilie Fjellhøy, “The best way to meet someone these days is on a dating app.”
Fjellhøy lived in London when she matched with a man named Simon Leviev, who called himself the “prince of diamonds”.
“You always check Insta,” and that’s the first thing she did. What was supposed to be an hour-long coffee turned into a private jet trip to Bulgaria.
All Constant Messages on WhatsApp and images of her lavish lifestyle made Fjellhøy fall more in love with her boyfriend. She was aware of the danger he faced as an entrepreneur in the diamond industry, but the sudden text showing Simon’s bloody bodyguard was unexpected. The “son of a billionaire” asked to borrow money because of the attack. She believed he could easily repay her. She had seen how much money he was showing.
Netflix tells the story of Fjellhoy, Pernilla Sjöholm and Ayleen Charlottethe platonic and romantic relationships of “Tinder Swindler” Simon Leviev, real name Shimon Hayut. The three women were introduced to his wealthy lifestyle when they first met, and all three were convinced that their boyfriend/boyfriend would pay them back.
Sjöholm said being his friend was full of “Private jets, cool cars, amazing parties all over the world.”
True crime fans will be thEnjoy this new documentary that delves into how Leviev pulled off the catfishing act and how it affected the women involved. Journalists from the Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang also contributed to their own investigation which exposed Leviev in 2019.
The background music throughout the documentary changes seamlessly between bliss and suspense as the women tell their stories. Actor recreations help draw audiences into the unfolding saga. You can both understand how Leviev manipulated women while wondering if you would fall for a dating app yourself.
Whether or not you use dating apps, “The Tinder Swindler” is a cautionary tale for anyone chatting with strangers online. It’s also a story of women coming together for revenge. So drop what you’re doing and open Netflix to watch FjellhoyPernilla and Ayleen in “The Tinder Swindler”.