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Title: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: Dan on February 18, 2019, 01:00:58 PM
https://www.vg.no/spesial/2019/tindersvindleren/english/
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can"
Post by: elya on February 18, 2019, 02:00:33 PM
https://www.vg.no/spesial/2019/tindersvindleren/english/
Unbelievable!
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can"
Post by: Moshe123 on February 18, 2019, 02:05:51 PM
Insane.
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can"
Post by: Dan on February 18, 2019, 02:11:09 PM
Unbelievable!
I wonder how much he will get for the movie rights to the "Catch me if you can" sequel?

Seems odd that the article doesn't state more clearly that he merely pretended to be "Simon Leviev"
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can"
Post by: elya on February 18, 2019, 02:19:13 PM
I wonder how much he will get for the movie rights to the "Catch me if you can" sequel?

Seems odd that the article doesn't state more clearly that he merely pretended to be "Simon Leviev"
Lol

Ye, I didnt even realize he was Israeli till the article showed his house in Bnei Brak..
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can"
Post by: ExGingi on February 18, 2019, 02:28:25 PM
Seems odd that the article doesn't state more clearly that he merely pretended to be "Simon Leviev"

Not clear if he pretended or actually legally changed his name. (Is he capable of doing anything legally?)
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can"
Post by: gingyguy on February 18, 2019, 02:35:28 PM
I wonder how much he will get for the movie rights to the "Catch me if you can" sequel?

maybe they will also hire him as an FBI instructor like the originals
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can"
Post by: cmey on February 18, 2019, 02:43:05 PM
https://www.vg.no/spesial/2019/tindersvindleren/english/

https://www.thedailybeast.com/airlines-including-delta-to-add-new-gender-options-for-non-binary-passengers

Somebody on YWN keeps up with DDF. Both of these posts are there at the top.....
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can"
Post by: zh cohen on February 18, 2019, 02:56:57 PM

Seems odd that the article doesn't state more clearly that he merely pretended to be "Simon Leviev"

Ye, I was coming here to make that clear for anyone who didn't ready through the whole article...
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: davidrotts63 on February 18, 2019, 04:48:16 PM
One smart fella.
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: Moshe123 on February 18, 2019, 04:53:56 PM
Reminds me of a different con who was in the news several months ago. Did similar stuff, but completely different. Was also riveting.
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: Moshe123 on February 18, 2019, 04:56:25 PM
https://www.thecut.com/2018/05/how-anna-delvey-tricked-new-york.html
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: Pad18 on February 18, 2019, 05:47:35 PM
Sad that he put his brain to con people instead of doing business for example. Trust me a brain like that we be a close deal killer that every company will want to hire. If only he use it the right way .. sad.

Fell bad for all the victim.
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: ChAiM'l on February 18, 2019, 05:55:24 PM
Can we merge this with the "Don't swipe recklessly" thread?
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: whacked1 on February 18, 2019, 09:24:12 PM
Reminds me of a story in the frum community not too long ago, similar
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: ludmila on February 18, 2019, 10:48:44 PM
Or Gilbert Chikli who invented the "CEO scam" and was able to persuade bank and company officers to transfer money by simply ringing them and impersonating their CEO. He lived in luxury in Ashdod for many years, but was dumb enough to travel to Ukraine to be arrested and handed over to France.
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: skyguy918 on February 18, 2019, 11:17:56 PM
https://www.vg.no/spesial/2019/tindersvindleren/english/
Very interesting way to tell a story, though about halfway through it started getting more annoying than entertaining.
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: moko on February 18, 2019, 11:45:44 PM
There was a shin bet guy who married a frum woman to infiltrate the community after he gathered enough Intel and several children later, he just picked up and left
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: chevron on February 19, 2019, 12:18:35 AM
Did none of you feel bad for Cecile?!? This is a person with feelings.

She says that what hurt most was the betrayal, less the money

Personally, it felt more like MTV catfished than catch me if you can, although yes in catch me if you can he does use the nurse.
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: chevron on February 19, 2019, 12:32:02 AM
@Dan  really disappointed. A random conman no matter how effective is no catch me if you can. This guy never faked being a doctor or a pilot. He simply trolled women.
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: Dan on February 19, 2019, 12:42:18 AM
Sorry that I'm not up to date on MTV?

He jetsets across the world, has multiple aliases, and gets old girls to pay for new girls to keep the scam going. Seems close enough to me.
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: DealKiller on February 19, 2019, 01:09:13 AM
Personally, it felt more like MTV catfished than catch me if you can, although yes in catch me if you can he does use the nurse.
Agree, nothing special about this story.
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: Definitions on February 19, 2019, 01:22:05 AM
Who was the guy on here that specializes in finding people @Emkay ? ;)
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: Emkay on February 19, 2019, 08:19:11 AM
Who was the guy on here that specializes in finding people @Emkay ? ;)
He's busy finding himself.
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: Pad18 on February 19, 2019, 08:31:30 AM
Or Gilbert Chikli who invented the "CEO scam" and was able to persuade bank and company officers to transfer money by simply ringing them and impersonating their CEO. He lived in luxury in Ashdod for many years, but was dumb enough to travel to Ukraine to be arrested and handed over to France.

Yes it was called "le coup du président" .. he invented, and a lot of people did it ..
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: moko on February 19, 2019, 08:48:53 AM
Or Gilbert Chikli who invented the "CEO scam" and was able to persuade bank and company officers to transfer money by simply ringing them and impersonating their CEO. He lived in luxury in Ashdod for many years, but was dumb enough to travel to Ukraine to be arrested and handed over to France.
can't put a price on R"H in Uman :P
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: churnbabychurn on February 19, 2019, 09:00:05 AM
Sorry that I'm not up to date on MTV?

He jetsets across the world, has multiple aliases, and gets old girls to pay for new girls to keep the scam going. Seems close enough to me.
Definitely impressive for a kid from beney berak....

Pretty sad actually also
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: ExGingi on February 19, 2019, 10:24:34 AM
Though the story could also serve as a dictionary definition for Blond.
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: chevron on February 19, 2019, 11:09:39 AM
The comments on ywn.  Oh man
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: Dan on February 19, 2019, 12:48:05 PM
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-israeli-conman-impersonated-oligarch-s-son-defrauded-women-and-disappeared-1.6952706

Hayut grew up in the predominantly ultra-Orthodox city of Bnei Brak in central Israel and as a child studied in a Talmud Torah elementary school near his home. His father, Yohanan Hayut, is the chief rabbi of El Al.

Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: jj1000 on February 19, 2019, 12:51:09 PM
https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-israeli-conman-impersonated-oligarch-s-son-defrauded-women-and-disappeared-1.6952706

Hayut grew up in the predominantly ultra-Orthodox city of Bnei Brak in central Israel and as a child studied in a Talmud Torah elementary school near his home. His father, Yohanan Hayut, is the chief rabbi of El Al.


Like father like son?

Someone had to say it...
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: DealKiller on February 19, 2019, 01:15:04 PM
Though the story could also serve as a dictionary definition for Blond.
Not very nice.
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: churnbabychurn on February 19, 2019, 02:52:12 PM
Like father like son?

Someone had to say it...
Not very nice.
.
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: moko on February 19, 2019, 11:33:34 PM



Seems like Israel has a knack for creating con men

Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: elya on February 19, 2019, 11:39:02 PM
Seems like Israel has a knack for creating con men
Its called "A Yiddishe Kup" in english..
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: elya on February 24, 2019, 11:17:53 AM
Just for a bit of background, this guy's father is the "Rabbi" of Elal.
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: ExGingi on February 24, 2019, 11:21:00 AM
FTR, Levi (Lev) Leviev doesn't even have a son named Shimon:

(https://i.imgur.com/g1ukWXV.png)
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: zh cohen on February 24, 2019, 01:13:24 PM
Just for a bit of background, this guy's father is the "Rabbi" of Elal.

Repost

https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-israeli-conman-impersonated-oligarch-s-son-defrauded-women-and-disappeared-1.6952706

Hayut grew up in the predominantly ultra-Orthodox city of Bnei Brak in central Israel and as a child studied in a Talmud Torah elementary school near his home. His father, Yohanan Hayut, is the chief rabbi of El Al.


Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: elya on February 24, 2019, 01:22:08 PM
Repost
Missed that post.
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: whacked1 on February 24, 2019, 01:32:03 PM
Reminds me of a story in the frum community not too long ago, similar
https://forward.com/news/193764/fake-frum-con-man-scams-more-than-dozen-orthodox-j/ (https://forward.com/news/193764/fake-frum-con-man-scams-more-than-dozen-orthodox-j/)
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: Z56 on February 24, 2019, 03:33:20 PM
Can we merge this with the "Don't swipe recklessly" thread?

+1
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: skyguy918 on February 24, 2019, 03:55:16 PM
FTR, Levi (Lev) Leviev doesn't even have a son named Shimon:

(https://i.imgur.com/g1ukWXV.png)
So he's Lev Leviev Halevi? Ooh boy, that's a mouthful.
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: chevron on February 24, 2019, 09:38:39 PM
There's nothing glorifying about this guy other than he's a crook and a chilul hashem. Catch me if you can was creative and he at least mostly ripped off corporations lol
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: Luvisrael on February 26, 2019, 06:51:50 PM
I was in JFK T8 and this guy approached me asking me if I speak Hebrew. After I said yes he said he lives in Boston, needs to take the Amtrak from Penn Station to Boston and that he left his cc on the plane, couldn’t get it and cancelled it. He needs $80 and he’ll give me his number and pay me back. I feel a little guilty but was kinda not sure how legit he was. I didn’t have money either way but took a pic of him just in case... anyone have a similar experience?
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: eliteflyer on February 26, 2019, 07:07:25 PM
I was in JFK T8 and this guy approached me asking me if I speak Hebrew. After I said yes he said he lives in Boston, needs to take the Amtrak from Penn Station to Boston and that he left his cc on the plane, couldn’t get it and cancelled it. He needs $80 and he’ll give me his number and pay me back. I feel a little guilty but was kinda not sure how legit he was. I didn’t have money either way but took a pic of him just in case... anyone have a similar experience?
Was approached by a similar personality in Atlantic subway station several years ago. Scam.
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: Luvisrael on February 26, 2019, 07:08:24 PM
Was approached by a similar personality in Atlantic subway station several years ago. Scam.
can u try to describe him, maybe I shud post the pic here?
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: Luvisrael on February 26, 2019, 07:08:54 PM
Forgot to mention the part that when he saw he wasn’t getting anywhere he started cursing at me
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: eliteflyer on February 26, 2019, 08:02:27 PM
can u try to describe him, maybe I shud post the pic here?
yeah, post the picture.
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: Luvisrael on February 26, 2019, 08:05:28 PM
yeah, post the picture.
is it the right thing to do? Maybe he was legit...
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: yelped on February 26, 2019, 11:02:15 PM
He was in the news just now. Been scamming people for years. Jos picture is there, too.
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: Luvisrael on February 26, 2019, 11:03:31 PM
He was in the news just now. Been scamming people for years. Jos picture is there, too.
link?
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: LoLo on May 24, 2019, 06:24:57 PM
https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2019/05/24/us/georgia-alleged-romance-con-artist-trnd/index.html
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: chevron on May 25, 2019, 09:39:19 PM
It's called catfishing.. nothing new under the sun!
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: ExGingi on June 30, 2019, 01:18:49 AM
Arrested at ATH.

https://www.themarker.com/amp/law/1.7422157
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: Pad18 on October 07, 2019, 10:41:16 AM
https://www.israelhayom.co.il/article/697691
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: Dan on October 07, 2019, 10:46:38 AM
https://www.israelhayom.co.il/article/697691
Google translate is great ;D
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: ExGingi on October 07, 2019, 11:05:41 AM
Google translate is great ;D

I'm  guessing it has something to do with Animal?
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: whYME on October 07, 2019, 11:24:48 AM
I'm  guessing it has something to do with Animal?
lol, indeed.

"Beasts, who also called himself Simon Leviev"
" As soon as the animals landed at Ben Gurion Airport"
"The animal mode of operation was sophisticated."
And so on
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: ExGingi on October 07, 2019, 01:10:36 PM
lol, indeed.

"Beasts, who also called himself Simon Leviev"
" As soon as the animals landed at Ben Gurion Airport"
"The animal mode of operation was sophisticated."
And so on

This could actually be very useful for Google to work on their AI where it comes to written ABGD languages and identifying names within text.
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: Yonah on October 07, 2019, 02:06:28 PM
https://www.timesofisrael.com/tinder-swindler-extradited-back-to-israel-to-face-charges/
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: Luvisrael on October 07, 2019, 02:13:10 PM
https://www.timesofisrael.com/tinder-swindler-extradited-back-to-israel-to-face-charges/
wasnt this a while ago? Caught him in Athens
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: ExGingi on October 07, 2019, 02:24:13 PM
wasnt this a while ago? Caught him in Athens

Arrested at ATH.

https://www.themarker.com/amp/law/1.7422157

Now he was extradited to Israel. Just a little over 3 months for extradition. Not too bad.
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: Luvisrael on October 07, 2019, 04:24:18 PM
So sad. Could’ve used his capabilities for great things.
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: ExGingi on January 05, 2020, 11:18:50 PM
https://13news.co.il/item/news/domestic/crime-law/crime/tinder-971908/

Plea bargained for 15 months in jail. 20,000 ILS fine and 150,000 ILS restitution to victims.
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: Moshe123 on January 06, 2020, 08:59:30 AM
That's it??
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: Dan on January 06, 2020, 10:44:39 AM
https://13news.co.il/item/news/domestic/crime-law/crime/tinder-971908/

Plea bargained for 15 months in jail. 20,000 ILS fine and 150,000 ILS restitution to victims.
Thanks Google,
"The 29-year-old animal was arrested by Greek authorities last June."

(https://i.dansdeals.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/06104405/Fishy-Seems-Legit.png)
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: chevron on January 06, 2020, 11:00:06 AM
Thanks Google,
"The 29-year-old animal was arrested by Greek authorities last June."

(https://i.dansdeals.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/01/06104405/Fishy-Seems-Legit.png)

I like how Google translates his last name
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: chevron on January 06, 2020, 11:00:57 AM
That's it??

Ditto, he stole millions. He's barely repaying!!
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: ExGingi on January 06, 2020, 12:14:17 PM
I like how Google translates his last name

What would you expect? Hebrew being an ABGD language and names being problematic in AI translation to begin with, I would have expected nothing else.
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: ExGingi on January 06, 2020, 12:17:50 PM
Ditto, he stole millions. He's barely repaying!!

How do you know? What will it take to prove in a manner that's acceptable in a court of law. It could be extremely protracted. That's where plea deals come in.

Since extradition was involved here (not sure on what grounds) this might involve only crimes that occurred in Israel rather than the EU. If this is about the incidents in the EU, I would assume Israeli courts would be extra careful, so as not to jeopardize the ability to have Israeli citizens sent to Israel for trial by agreeing to a ridiculous plea deal.

On the surface this sounds low, but due to above issues, I would guess there's more to the story.
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: ExGingi on January 09, 2020, 01:15:12 PM
What would you expect? Hebrew being an ABGD language and names being problematic in AI translation to begin with, I would have expected nothing else.

To the point, from Israeli developers working for Google: https://www.geektime.co.il/google-assistant-in-hebrew-interview-ces-2020/
Title: Re: Real Life Israeli "Catch Me If You Can" Con Artist
Post by: ExGingi on May 25, 2020, 01:17:28 PM
Recently released from Israeli jail. Living in a Tel Aviv hotel luxury suite, claims to be working with Netflix on a documentary.