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Woman scammed by ‘The Tinder Swindler’ even after watching documentary

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Simon Leviev, better known as ‘The Tinder Swindler’, has managed to make another victim. This time, Israeli Iren Tranov has fallen victim to his scams, even after watching the documentary The Tinder Swindler. The 25-year-old woman has lost about $130,000 to him, The Times of Israel reports.

Tranov says in an interview with a local news channel that earlier this year she had watched the documentary about Shimon Hayut, as Simon Leviev is really called. When she met him not long after the documentary’s launch, he convinced her that all the women in the documentary were “telling lies.” “He took me through every woman who complained about him and told every woman that they were lies and that he was right. He doesn’t look like a criminal chasing prey,” said the 25-year-old Israeli.

To her disappointment, Hayut turned out to see the perfect prey in Tranov. The young woman really wanted to replace her car and he promised to arrange that for her. Hayut claimed to be a partner of a car importer and said he would buy a luxury BMW for Tranov at a competitive price. All she had to do was borrow money from various banks and transfer the loan amount to him. Despite Hayut committing exactly the same fraudulent practices as the women in The Tinder Swindler, Tranov still fell for his talk and transferred $130,000 to him.

Although Tranov wanted a BMW, she never received her desired car. Hayut gave her a temporary car and promised her the BMW would come later. As you might expect, the scammer never kept his promise. The temporary car also turned out to be a seized vehicle registered in someone else’s name. “The car belongs to someone else and I lost my money,” says Tranov.

Tranov did not give up and demanded her money back from Hayut. A few days later he gave her a check, but she couldn’t cash it. The check turned out not to be signed by Hayut, but by another victim who had also fallen for his sweet talk. ” I thought the problem was that the car wasn’t in my name,” Tranov said. “When I wanted to cancel the check, I realized I was in much bigger trouble.”

Hayut pretends his nose is bleeding and claims he has done nothing wrong. During the hearing of another lawsuit against him, he said that Tranov stole the impounded car. “He knew he was ruining my life,” Tranov said.

THE TINDER SWINDLER

The hit documentary The Tinder Swindler was released on Netflix in early February and is about Hayut, who posed as the son of a wealthy diamond magnate. Through Tinder, he managed to scam several women for millions of dollars. Hayut himself denies in an interview that he is a scammer and claims to be ‘a legitimate businessman’. “Do I feel bad about something I didn’t do? No. I feel bad about what happened to myself. I want to clear my name. I want to say to the world, this isn’t true.”

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