One of the victims of the infamous “Tinder Swindler” has happier news. She is pregnant with twins.
Pernilla Sjoholm lost her life savings when she was scammed by a man she met on the dating app in 2018, who claimed to be Simon Leviev, the son of a diamond merchant.
He was in fact a con man named Shimon Hayut.
Several of his victims were featured on the hit Netflix show “The Tinder Swindler.”
She has not announced who she is having the baby with.
Sjoholm broke the news while appearing in a clever new ad for rival dating app Wingman.
Sjoholm and fellow victim Cecilie Fjellhoy both appear in the commercial, imagining how their lives would be different if they had used Wingman instead of Tinder.
The idea behind the former is that your friends and family can help research potential partners, so, they suggest, they are more likely to notice red flags than the person involved in the relationship who may be blinded by infatuation or manipulation.
The dating app was created by Tina Wilson, who came up with the idea for the spot herself.
“I couldn’t help but think that if the women had close friends or family who searched their dates for them, they would never have [fallen under his spell]’ she told Vidak For Congress.
Leviev was sentenced to two years in prison in Finland, where he committed many of his crimes, and to 15 months in prison in his native Israel. He is still wanted for alleged fraud in several countries.