Private jets, lavish dinners and star-studded hotels crawling with celebrities sound like the makings of a whirlwind fairy-tale romance — and the perfect lure.
Netflix’s new true-crime documentary “Tinder Swindler” takes audiences on a luxurious trip across Europe to meet a master con artist who presents himself on Tinder as an eligible, wealthy bachelor looking for love.
Director Felicity Morris, the producer behind Netflix’s “Don’t F**k with Cats,” tells the story of Shimon Hayut, a 31-year-old man who has been flying under law enforcement’s radar for nearly a decade and luring women into his Ponzi scheme with empty promises of fast cars, glamorous parties and luxury vacations.
According to the FBI website, Ponzi schemes promise high financial returns or dividends not available through traditional investments. They are a cyclical, recurring type of fraud in which money from a new investor is used to pay off earlier investors.
Hayut used dozens of aliases, crafting elaborate stories about being targeted by organized-crime groups to convince his girlfriends to establish credit lines for him under their own names. Once Hayut gained access to their bank accounts, he would vanish, leaving one woman at the mercy of angry creditors as he moved on to the next one.
In the documentary, Hayut posed as a billionaire under the alias of Simon Leviev, claiming to be the son of billionaire diamond mogul Lev Leviev.
According to Metro, Hayut is estimated to have…