Victims of the infamous Tinder Swindler – Simon Leviev; Cecilie Fjellhøy, Pernilla Sjoholm, and Ayleen Charlotte have reportedly set up a GOFundMe accounting, raising roughly $50K out of a target of $800K.
The move was to recoup the money they lost to the infamous swindler.
Simon Leviev, real name Shimon Hayut was a Netflix special, a documentary that detailed how he swindled a number of ladies looking for love on Tinder.
The three known victims who spoke up in the documentary, Ayleen, Pernilla and Cecilie are notably on a path to regaining their stand in life.
“The past few days have been a whirlwind, and we three (Ayleen, Pernilla and Cecilie) have been completely shocked and floored by the flood of compassion and support from everyone,” the trio wrote. “The sheer love is more than we ever expected, and we appreciate you all so much.”
“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 realize 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.”
The documentary will primarily reveal the modus operandi of Leviev whose real name is Shimon Heyada Hayut posing as the son of a Russian-Israeli diamond tycoon, struck up romantic relationships with each of the women; his social media pictures flaunting his lavish lifestyle helped convince the victims of his wealth.
He managed to come up with make-belief situations that convinced the ladies that he was in a bad situation and could not use his own credit card so need financial backup from them.
Per Deseret, Cecilie, Pernilla, and Ayleen were soon parted of £185k, £103k and £25k, respectively. Since they took out bank loans to attain some of that money, their debt has since swelled in size.
To date, the GoFundMe has raised just over $50k.
Hayut, meanwhile, continues to protest his innocence.
“Thank you for all your support,” he said on Instagram, before the account was disabled, according to The Cut. “I will share my side of the story in the next few days when I have sorted out the best and most respectful way to tell it, both to the involved parties and myself. Until then, please keep an open mind and heart.”
The documentary claims that in total, Hayut managed to swindle $10million from various women.
A spokesperson for the Match Group, which owns many of the world’s top dating apps including Tinder, Match.com, OkCupid, Hinge and PlentyOfFish, told NBC News that Hayut had been banned on all of them, despite the documentary claiming he was still active.