The Tinder Swindler

There was a new documentary that appeared on Netflix this past week entitled The Tinder Swindler, and it is a compelling, amazing and eventually sad documentary about the way someone could take advantage of others who were looking for love or for solid relationships.

Simon Leviev used the dating app Tinder to target certain women and con them out of hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to this new documentary. In the film, we hear the stories of how Simon wormed his way into the life of two individual women and how he sent them into debt by borrowing money from them, both cash and with credit cards, that he never had any intentions of paying back.

The two women had different relationships with Simon. Cecilie had a romantic relationship with him, believing that she was special in his life. Meanwhile, Pernilla had formed a close friendship with him after they realized that they were not going to work as a couple. Both women were drawn close in with Simon and were used to provide him with money.

Their stories show just how dangerous it can be to hook up with someone online and how social media can be a detriment to a positive relationship.

It is not until the doc focuses on a third woman, Ayleen, who discovered the truth about Simon in an article on the internet from the journalists who had been tracking this case for awhile. She decided that she would turn the tables on the swindler, and she does so in a dramatic and fully satisfying manner.

However, the end of the documentary was a shock as the details about Simon’s current situation is revealed and it ends the story in an extremely disappointing way.

A remarkable story of greed and crookedness that is completely believable in this day and age. It goes to show you to be very cautious when online because there are criminals everywhere.

4 stars

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