Shimon Hayut, who gained international fame as Israeli con man “The Tinder Swindler,” is being sued by the diamond family that he impersonated online.

Using a fake identity and pretending to be a member of the Leviev family’s high-profile diamond business, Shimon Hayut scammed women on Tinder out of nearly $1 million. His exploits were documented in the Netflix documentary The Tinder Swindler, where he tricked women into believing that he was Simon Leviev, son of Israeli diamond magnate Lev Leviev and heir to the fortune.

According to Chagit Leviev, Lev’s real daughter and actual heiress to the diamond company, “Shimon Hayut is a fraud who stole our family’s identity and has tried to exploit our good name to con victims out of millions of dollars.”

Shimon Hayut, a.k.a. 'The Tinder Swindler,' was not who he told women he was on Tinder
Shimon Hayut, a.k.a. ‘The Tinder Swindler,’ was not who he told women he was on Tinder. Photo Credit: Instagram

Throughout his Instagram, Tinder dating profiles, and fake websites, Shimon Hayut not only claimed that he was a member of the diamond family but also used their logo and trademarked images.

“He has no relation to the Leviev family and has no affiliation with our company LLD Diamonds,” Chagit Leviev continued, adding that she hoped Shimon would “face justice and get the sentence he deserves.”

“I am relieved that his real identity and actions have been globally exposed, and hopefully this will bring an end to his unscrupulous actions,” she told E! News.

Although Chagit is not listed as a defendant in the multimillion-dollar lawsuit, other family members such as Zevulun Leviev, Ayelet Leviev Jacobson, Ruthy Leviev Yelizerov, and Hagit Sofiev Leviev are, along with the company LLD Diamonds USA, LLC.

The lawsuit, which was filed in Tel Aviv, Israel, accused Shimon Hayut, a.k.a. “The Tinder Swindler,” of defamation, invasion of privacy, and breach of trademarks.

The diamond family claimed that Shimon was making, “false representations as being the son of Lev Leviev and receiving numerous benefits (including material ones).”

Shimon “defrauded, cheated, conned, falsified, and hurt women, men and businesses,” they wrote, all to “generate personal profit and mislead the public.”

Shimon Hayut, a.k.a. 'The Tinder Swindler,' impersonated the heir of an Israeli diamond family
Shimon Hayut, a.k.a. ‘The Tinder Swindler,’ impersonated the heir of an Israeli diamond family. Photo Credit: Instagram

According to the lawsuit, the Israeli con man also used Photoshop to crop himself into photos next to Lev Leviev as a means of showing that he was his son, “thereby making a misrepresentation that he is a part of the family.”

As described in the Netflix documentary about his alleged scam, Shimon Hayut, acting under the guise of Simon Leviev, would convince women on the social dating app Tinder that he was in danger and needed money fast. The women would then open credit cards in their name that he could use, where he would steal hundreds of thousands of dollars.

He has not yet been charged with any crimes and was released from an Israeli prison after serving five months for an unrelated charge due to Covid-19.

Attorney Guy Ophir, who represents the Leviev diamond family, believes this will be the first of many lawsuits to come against Shimon, and that “anyone that will try to capitalize from this scheme will be sued.”

In response, a representative for Shimon Hayut told E! News that “Simon believes the family is just trying to insert themselves in the narrative for publicity after the show’s success.”

They also claimed that “Simon also legally changed his name in 2015 and looks forward to this getting thrown out in court.”

In the Netflix documentary, the Israeli con man said that he was just “a single guy that wanted to meet some girls on Tinder,” and defended his character against “this monster that everybody has created.”

“If I was a fraud why would I act on Netflix,” he said in an Instagram story. “I mean they should have arrested me when we were still shooting. It’s high time the ladies start saying the truth.”