If you're looking for a new true crime documentary to watch, I highly recommend The Tinder Swindler, which was released on Netflix on Feb. 2.
The documentary follows the story of three women who were defrauded by Simon Leviev, a 31-year-old international fraudster who has been conning people out of money since his late teens.
Simon swindled money in partnership with his bodyguard, Peter. He also worked closely with a business partner, Avishay.
The three women interviewed in the documentary, Cecilie Fjellhøy, Pernilla Sjoholm, and Ayleen Charlotte, all met Simon on Tinder. Pernilla struck up a friendship with Simon, while Simon dated Cecilie and Ayleen simultaneously without either woman knowing about the other.
There are many insane moments throughout the documentary detailing how the story unfolded, and these 31 are some of the wildest ones.
1.When Simon presented himself to Cecilie as the son of Lev Leviev.
2.When Simon introduced Cecilie to his young daughter, her mother, and his lifestyle very soon after meeting on Tinder.
3.When Cecilie noticed marks on Simon's back, which he said he got from being assaulted in prison.
4.When Simon revealed some scary info right after his and Cecilie's relationship became official.
5.When Simon flew Pernilla to Amsterdam quickly after meeting on Tinder while secretly still dating Cecilie.
6.When Simon asked Cecilie to move in with him, and told her the budget would be $15,000 a month.
7.When Simon sent Cecilie photos of himself and Peter in an ambulance covered in blood, claiming it was the work of his enemies.
8.When Simon asked for Cecilie's credit card account info, then $25,000 in cash.
9.When Simon made Cecilie believe he was in danger because of a security breach, then flew to Stockholm and spent her money at a nightclub.
10.When Simon manipulated Cecilie into lying to American Express so he could continue spending more and more money under her name.
11.When Simon forged documents to convince American Express that Cecilie was making just over $94,000 a month so he could raise her credit limit and spend more.
12.When Simon told Pernilla he had begun dating a woman named Polina, and the three of them met up for a Mykonos trip while Simon ignored Cecilie.
13.When Simon's spending on his summer escapades added up to $250,000 under Cecilie's name.
14.When Cecilie confessed what had been going on to American Express employees, and she learned that Simon was a professional fraudster.
15.When Simon asked Pernilla for $30,000.
16.When Cecilie found an old news article and uncovered more about about Simon's past.
17.When Cecilie reached out to the Norwegian news outlet, VG, and their journalists analyzed Simon's manipulation tactics.
18.When Cecilie found out the woman who said she was the mother of Simon's daughter had testified against him three years before Cecilie met Simon.
19.When VG journalists learned the extent of Simon's fraudster history after traveling to Israel, his native country.
20.When Simon took another $10,000 from Pernilla and sent her a phony receipt for a $100,000 bank transfer.
21.When VG journalists realized that Simon's strategy was using a Ponzi scheme.
22.When journalists traveled to Munich to try and film Simon with Pernilla going undercover to help them, and he realized he was being watched.
23.When Pernilla confronted Simon and he threatened her while journalists filmed the exchange.
24.When Simon was still a free man after VG published their article on his fraudulent schemes.
25.When Simon's then-girlfriend, Ayleen, saw the article on Simon while waiting for a flight after visiting him.
26.When Ayleen decided to swindle Simon and get some payback.
27.When Simon's extreme requests were rejected by a plastic surgeon in Prague.
28.When Simon realized Ayleen was done giving him money and the darker side of his personality came out.
29.When Simon was powerless without the ability to swindle people out of money and ended up in a hostel, calling himself the "homeless king."
30.When Ayleen's quick thinking helped lead to Simon's arrest (which he never found out she was behind, until he presumably watched the documentary).
31.When the documentary ended with some crazy updates, including that Simon is now living as a free man in Israel although it's estimated he's cheated people out of $10 million worldwide.