Simon Leviev, the face of Netflix’s insanely popular “Tinder Swindler” documentary, may have been banned from dating apps. That doesn’t mean his actions have stopped haunting the victims he stole money from.
Pernilla Sjöholm, one of Leviev’s victims who was featured in the documentary, said she is facing legal setback in her bid to hold a bank who wired payments to the con artist on her behalf accountable.
The 35-year-old attended a court hearing in Amsterdam Monday for her lawsuit against ING, the bank that wired payments 31-year-old Leviev, whose real name is Shimon Hayut.
According to Sjöholm, was already on a fraud watch list when the bank wired payments to him on her behalf, insisting that the bank should never have authorized those payments in the first place.
“I transferred all that money in 2018, the year that ING received a mega fine because the bank did not do enough against money laundering,” she told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf.
“We think ING could have done more to protect us, because we transferred our money to a scammer who was already on fraud lists.”
Sjöholm says she’ll be requesting trial from a different judge since Monday’s hearing favored ING against her. The judge who presided over Monday’s hearing lso handled the case of Ayleen Charlotte – another victim of Leviev– against ING in August 2021.
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