The man at the center of the new Netflix documentary The Tinder scammer was banned from Tinder and other Match Group Inc. dating apps and sites, The Hollywood Reporter confirmed.
A Tinder spokesperson said the service banned “Simon Leviev” – an alias of Shimon Hayut, who is accused of scamming targets he met on Tinder – when the Norwegian publication TB published an article reporting allegations against him and that he is permanently banned from the dating app. “Prior to the documentary’s release, we conducted additional internal investigations and can confirm that Simon Leviev is not active on Tinder under any of his known handles,” the spokesperson added. (When The Tinder scammer premiered on February 2, the film noted that Hayut was still on the service.)
Additionally, Hayut can no longer use other apps and sites owned by Tinder’s parent company, Match Group Inc., such as Match.com, OkCupid, Hinge, PlentyOfFish, and others.
The Tinder scammerdirected by Don’t fuck with cats Felicity Morris, tells the stories of women Hayut met on Tinder and developed relationships while allegedly making them feel like he was the son and heir of Israeli diamond tycoon Lev Leviev. Claiming he was in danger, Hayut allegedly asked brands to send him money to help him. Prior to most of the events depicted in the film, Hayut faced multiple charges in Israel and was convicted and sentenced to prison in Finland.
The Tinder scammer The filmmakers contacted Hayut about appearing in the film and included voice notes in response that denied the fraud allegations and said Hayut would sue for “defamation and lies”. (The Hollywood Reporter contacted Netflix for comment.)
On Friday, Hayut claimed he would give his version of events soon via his Instagram account, according to Variety; however, the account has since been deactivated. Various Instagram accounts in the names of Hayut and Leviev currently exist, but it is unclear whether they actually belong to Hayut.
THR also reached out to Instagram to see if the platform has taken action against Hayut and has not received a response as of press time.