Tinder Swindler movie on the way after Netflix documentary blows up

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9 Feb 2022, 10:14

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Think your dating past is dodgy? Think again. The shocking original series has captured the imagination of the public so much that it's set to be made into a movie.

According to Variety, Netflix have been in talks with producers to create an even bigger, more dramatic take on the Tinder Swindler who called himself the Prince of Diamonds and scammed £7 million out of his dates.

Based on the story of innocent Scandinavian women duped into falling for conman 'diamond merchant' Shimon Hayu posing as Simon Leviev, the 'son of Israeli diamond tycoon Lev Leviev'. He manipulated the women through expensive dates before making financial requests and stealing fortunes.

Once the faux millionaire had his victims brainwashed, the documentary claims he would 'pretend he was in danger, or that powerful enemies had frozen his bank accounts' and needed cash for his 'bodyguards'.

The official synopsis reads: "A group of women who were the victims of a dating app based swindler join together in an attempt to hunt him down and recover the millions of dollars that were stolen from them."

Shimon Hayut previously served two years in prison for defrauding several women in order to fund his lavish lifestyle of private jets and fast cars, and was convicted again in 2019 but released after serving just five months of a paltry 15 month sentence.

Hayut is currently a free man, flashing his extravagant life on his Instagram account in posh places next to sports cars and private jets.

Victims Cecilie Fjellhøy, Pernilla Sjoholm and Ayleen Charlotte have teamed up to raise money via online fundraising page GoFundMe with the goal of £600,000.

The women wrote: "After careful consideration, and many chats, we have decided to start this GoFundMe fundraiser. So many people reached out to us asking if we had one, and it hadn’t occurred to us to make one prior to this.

“However, we’ve spotted plenty of fakes, which makes us uneasy. We don’t want more people getting defrauded. We realise there are a thousand other worthy causes to donate to, and remain forever grateful if you choose to donate to this one. All we want are our lives back.”