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Simon Leviev, from the hit documentary “The Tinder Scammer,” denies faking his identity and duping women to amass his fortune. Instead, he claims to have invested early in Bitcoin.
The star of the acclaimed Netflix documentary, The Tinder Swindler translated into Spanish as “ The Tinder scammer a scammer is someone that participates in a fraudulent scheme. “Simon Leviev, who allegedly swindled several women out of hundreds of thousands of dollars, has broken his silence to deny the accusations against him and reveal that he is an investor in Bitcoin the biggest and most popular cryptocurrency in the world. It is a decentralized digital currency that enables users to make trustless peer-to-peer transactions. .
In recent weeks, Israel’s Shimon Hayut (aka Simon Leviev) has become the center of attention following the release of a documentary on Netflix. The feature film, which was released earlier this month, follows the story of Cecilie Fjellhøy, Pernilla Sjöholm and Ayleen Charlotte, three scam a scheme that is designed to dupe people out of cash or crypto. victims who allege that the young man manipulated them to jointly steal nearly $500,000 from them.
In all three cases, they detail that they met Leviev through the popular dating app. Tinder where he introduced himself as the son of Russian-Israeli diamond magnate Lev Leviev. Initially, he invited them on extravagant dates, such as a trip on his private jet, and gave them lavish gifts to win their trust a trust is a fiduciary relationship in which one party, known as a trustor, gives another party, the trustee, the right to hold title to property or assets for the benefit of a third party, the beneficiary. and affection. All to borrow money from them and then leave them with millions in debt.
The film, which has been a great success, not only shows the accusations of the three victims. It also revealed that the Israeli has numerous open criminal charges in his home country, where he is wanted by the judiciary due to several fraud-related crimes. Leviev was sentenced to 15 months in prison on charges of theft, forgery and fraud in 2019, but was released five months later.
Leviev says he bought Bitcoin in 2011
A pesar de ser el protagonista del aclamado programa de Netflix, Leviev se negó a participar del rodaje del documental. Sin embargo, en medio de la fama de la película, ha decidido romper finalmente el silencio y compartir su visión de los hechos.
In an exclusive interview with the news media Inside Edition the handsome manipulator denied the accusations and claimed to be a ” legitimate businessman “ . He said that his wealth is the result of an early investment from Bitcoin when the flagship cryptocurrency cryptocurrencies are digital currencies that use cryptographic technologies to secure their operation. was worth far less than USD $50 a unit.
I bought Bitcoin in 2011, which [then was worth] nothing, I don’t need to say how much it’s worth now.
The 31-year-old did not provide details about the amount of bitcoins que posee. Mientras, la research produced by Netflix estimates that Leviev has financed his extravagant lifestyle by stealing nearly $10 million from his victims.
During the interview, in which he was asked directly about the allegations in the documentary, Leviev expressed surprise at the number of girls who had allegedly offered him money or agreed to travel with him without meeting him in person. “ I’m not that monster that everyone has created. “, precisó.
Agregó que las tres mujeres que aparecen en el documental no fueron “ jaded ” ni “ threatened ” al tiempo que dijo que no se sentía mal por lo que ellas alegaban les había hecho. En cambio, señaló que se siente mal por lo que le había pasado a él. También expresó su deseo por limpiar su nombre.
“I’m not a fraud and I’m not a con man. People don’t know me, so they can’t judge me”. , dijo. ” I am the greatest gentleman in the world”.
Aprovechando la fama para hacer dinero
A second part of the interview of Inside Edition revealed that amid the controversy, Leviev has been cashing in on the documentary’s fame to make some money. The man told the outlet that he has partnered with the app.Cameo to engrave personal greetings and messages, such as birthday greetings, for $199 each.
In addition, it has also signed agreements to turn their story into a book, a reality show and a movie in Hollywood The latter project, he said, is currently underway. “ We’re working on a movie based on my life, something like ‘Catch Me If You Can’, ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’. I received some offers “, he told the media.
Meanwhile, Leviev reportedly continues to live a life of luxury despite being exposed by Netflix. (The notoriety of the documentary caused it to Tinder y otras aplicaciones de citas lo bloquearan). De acuerdo con Inside Edition , Leviev ha sido seen at a Ferrari dealership looking at $200,000+ sports cars and one of his jackets. Gucci sells for $2,600.
In any case, it seems that the Israeli is not the only one looking to make some money from fame. A cryptocurrency project inspired by the movie and based on Binance Smart Chain (CSB) was recently launched:Tinder Swindler Token a digital unit designed with utility in mind, providing access and use of a larger crypto economic system. (TST) . It is not known whether Leviev is behind the crypto project, which also promises to offer tokens (NFT) to fans of the program.
For now, the whole thing looks like some sort of elaborate, elaborate, elaborate matrioska of scams. Behind every layer there seems to be a new one.
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Article by Hannah Estefania Perez / DiarioBitcoin
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