The Tinder Swindler


Action / Crime / Documentary

Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 97%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 79%
IMDb Rating 7.1 10 64483

Plot summary

February 02, 2022 at 10:47 AM


Felicity Morris

Top cast

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1.03 GB
English 2.0
25 fps
1 hr 54 min
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2.11 GB
English 5.1
25 fps
1 hr 54 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Lejink 9 / 10

The Con Is On (Your Credit Card)...

Exposés of high-living con artists are all the rage just now with this new Netflix documentary adding another to the pile.

Enter Simon Leviev, an Israeli-born super-scammer, who's already been in jail there but who now targets pretty young European women in a fantastical Ponzi scheme to furnish his luxurious life style, one that seemingly includes his very own entourage of a personal manager hulking bodyguard and even an acknowledged former girlfriend and baby daughter.

His victims pick him out on the Tinder dating app and why wouldn't they? Claiming to be the son of a billionaire diamond-corporation owner, he looks young, handsome and filthy rich in his designer clothes amid all the trappings of a super-luxurious lifestyle.

The film links together the stories of three girls all wined, dined and good-timed into believing he was either their forever boy-friend or just best friend. He meets them at exclusive five-star hotels, eats at the very best restaurants and even flies around in a private chartered jet. Once the hook is far enough down their throats of course he then tugs by feigning an assassination attempt on his life by his so-called "enemies" who seemingly have the power to close down his personal banking facilities and send him on the run. Only then does he ask for the girls' financial help, urging them to apply for credit cards and quick loans for astronomical amounts, conveniently faking pay-slips from his "dad's" company to justify the sums to the only too-easily fooled lenders.

The first of his victims we encounter feeds him over $250,000 alone with estimates that he's conned her and others for over $10,000,000 in his fast life. Karma, if unfortunately not of the instant variety, catches up with him as a combination of the girls featured here and a pair of investigative journalists on a leading Danish newspaper track down his origins to a low-rent flat in Israel where they encounter the mother who disowned him many years and many intervening aliases ago.

They get the satisfaction of seeing him finally exposed and sent to jail for earlier crimes committed in Israel but in a bitter epilogue, we're told that he's back out again and apparently up to his old tricks, with recent video footage showing him choosing between a new Bentley or Ferrari with a beautiful young model on his arm.

My wife and I were completely rapt by this outrageous fraudster's gilded spider's-web of deceit. There's a temptation to mock the gullibility of these unsuspecting women but clearly this guy has mastered the dark arts of deception in this modern age as he manipulates social media for his own ends.

Very slickly told with animated social media comms, actual video footage and audio recordings of Leviev in action all linking the stories of the dupes (presumably there are many more in the background too), we were hooked by this incredible story, excitingly told.

In the end you have to wonder about the culpability of Tinder and all the various loan and credit card companies whose application processes seem to be all too easily pregnible to a determined charlatan like this.

As for his young victims, I enjoyed the sight of at least one of them sticking this particular spider on a pin by reverse-conning him out of all his designer gear even as I was a little saddened to see his first victim freely admit that she still uses Tinder in her search for love.

What is it they say, fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me...

Reviewed by aarpcats 7 / 10

Don't believe in fairy tales

My heart goes out to the young women who were used by this swindler. Losing money through fraud is hard enough, but the man broke their hearts. Also, because he was a professional thief, the fear of being more victimized will never leave them.

Conmen have always been with us, but never in history has it been so easy for them to find their marks. They don't need to find a Doris Duke or Kim Kardashian. With the internet providing all the background they need on potential victims and dating applications proving a pond of lonely victims, they just have to pull the same con again and again.

This film does a great job of showing who the victims are, who the conman is, and how the con works. It underscores the complication of trying to prosecute the criminals across the world, and how police are hampered by language, law, and the intimacy of the relationships. It shows that the conman has the upper hand, and will keep doing it again and again.

Please, look behind the profiles of people you meet on social media. Romcoms are not real. There is no Prince Charming, and you aren't Cinderella. Do a background check, and, if he asks for money, run (don't walk) in the opposite direction. Do not lend money.

And, again, a conman is a sociopath. And a conman who gets his own Netflix show is a conman who is really good at it.

This show is less "shocking" than "predictable." Dogs bark. Conmen steal.

Reviewed by classicsoncall 7 / 10

"The man I loved was never real!"

My antenna would have been up early, but when a self declared billionaire asks for a handout, I'd be heading for the exits real quick. Even more incredible than the story itself is the chutzpah of a guy like Simon Leviev lying and scheming away through his entire life defrauding unsuspecting victims of their money and love. How does that person live with himself? This guy did it on a world wide scale that's almost incomprehensible, except for the way the story lays out his modus operandi by staying one step ahead of each of his victims. I'm glad they finally nailed the creep, but five months served on a fifteen year sentence? That was like an invitation for the guy to go out and do it all over again. For a con man like Simon Leviev, I wouldn't be surprised if there was a sequel. Maybe he should hook up with the self professed princess of "Inventing Anna".

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oroville profile
oroville February 08, 2022 at 08:16 am

Women do this all the time it's called a foodi call.

amsjan profile
amsjan February 04, 2022 at 10:41 am

This isn't movie at all. just bogus conversation

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brankec1983 February 04, 2022 at 07:55 am

great documentary, a must watch!

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kd_techniques February 03, 2022 at 08:04 am

This one is a good one.

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kd_techniques February 03, 2022 at 08:04 am

Hello from Sri Lanka.

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GhislaineMaxwell February 03, 2022 at 05:22 am