tinder swindler
Posted on February 15, 2022 10:43

Be safe from tinder swindlers this valentine

Netflix released a new documentary about how Simon Leviev tricked women he met on Tinder into giving him money, the three people featured most prominently - Cecilie Fjellhoy, Pernilla Sjoholm and Ayleen Charlotte - have started a fundraising effort that's already accumulated about 56,000 pounds ($75,000). That's more than the 150,000 shekels ($47,000) Leviev was ordered to pay his victims in a 2020 Israeli court order - one of the few consequences he's had to face for his actions.

The scam, which is estimated to have stolen $10 million from victims, exploded across social media this week, generating outrage over the fact that Leviev is currently a free man after serving five months in jail for his crimes. Online frauds are nothing new, but the audacious tactics Leviev employed - like claiming to be the chief executive officer of a diamond company in danger from violent enemies - and his social media tactics encapsulate the current high-speed, digital age in which it's never been easier to send thousands of dollars instantly.


When using online dating platforms, what are the pointers to take note of to make sure you don’t end up losing lots of money like the victims of romance scammers?

Never give your card details

Is it safe to give someone your card details?

Don't Email Your Card Number

Any time you write or type your credit card number and give it to someone in an unsecured, unencrypted manner (including on a piece of paper), you increase your risk of exposure

Romance scammers are smooth operators and can take their time to set their trap. Watch out for these red flags if you’re looking for love and companionship online.

Warning Signs

  • Your new romantic interest sends you a picture that looks more like a model from a fashion magazine than an ordinary snapshot.
  • The person quickly wants to leave the dating website and communicate with you through email or instant messaging.
  • He or she lavishes you with attention. Swindlers often inundate prospective marks with texts, emails and phone calls to draw them in.
  • He or she repeatedly promises to meet you in person but always seems to come up with an excuse to cancel.

Use a secure and trusted money transfer service

Scammers will usually send you unsafe links or money transfer services to use when sending money or making purchases. A safe money transfer service can be your saviour when scammers try to steal from you. We recommend using cofredpay.com for money transfer

Avoid online acquaintances professing untrue love

Not everyone using online dating sites is looking for love. Scammers create fake online profiles using photos of other people — even stolen pictures of real military personnel. They profess their love quickly. And they tug at your heartstrings with made-up stories about how they need money — for emergencies, hospital bills, or travel. Why all of the tricks? They’re looking to steal your money.

As if all that isn’t bad enough, romance scammers are now involving their victims in online bank fraud. Here’s how it works: The scammers set up dating profiles to meet potential victims. After they form a “relationship,” they come up with reasons to ask their love interest to set up a new bank account. The scammers transfer stolen money into the new account, and then tell their victims to wire the money out of the country. Victims think they’re just helping out their soulmate, never realizing they’re aiding and abetting a crime.  

Here are some warning signs that an online love interest might be a fake. They ask you to:

  • chat off of the dating site immediately, using personal email, text, or phone
  • wire money using Western Union or Money Gram
  • set up a new bank account

Did you know you can do an image search of your love interest’s photo in your favorite search engine? If you do an image search and the person’s photo appears under several different names, you’re probably dealing with a scammer. And if the person’s online profile disappears a few days after they meet you, that’s another tip-off.

Here’s the real deal: Don’t send money to someone you met online — for any reason. If your online sweetheart asks for money, you can expect it’s a scam.


For those looking for relationship/companionship online, we wish you the best of luck, and however, we advise everyone to be extra careful using online dating websites and other social media channels.

Posted on February 15, 2022 10:43