‘The Tinder scammer’ and…

For. Patricia Betaza

I remember about 15 years ago when a friend told me with a mischievous smile: “Patricia, don’t be so old-fashioned, open yourself to the possibility of finding an interesting partner on Face”. Some time later she told me “look, there is even an application in which you can find someone even in the same restaurant or place where you are, it is very fast and it is today”. I only remember that I asked Aren’t you afraid to approach a perfect stranger? He burst out laughing and told me: really, if you are in prehistory, that is what you are today”. That’s how I knew there was Tinder and despite all the benefits that they told me about, I was terrified to think about going on dates -now I know it’s called a match- with someone you have no idea who they really are. But hey, I thought my reluctance was a product of age, because I recognize the anxiety that dealing with technology causes me. The fact is that some time later my dear friend spoke to me crying because a couple “with whom he had matched or clicked” and with whom he had been for a long time, he asked for a loan and he did not see her again, he had even blocked her. At the same time, she listened to stories of people that even formal partners had found on the wonderful digital platforms. The chiaroscuro, I told myself. Until I saw the documentary The Tinder scammer. The story is very simple, it is that of a young, handsome and “billionaire” man who for a long time carried out scams – those multimillionaires – on dozens of women around the world. What was your hook of attraction besides the beauty? The liters of champagne, the trips around the world, you know, Paris, Italy, Dubai, London… And the clothes of Gucci, Dolce and Gabbana, Versace, Louis Vuitton… So they fell one by one… No, they were not millionaire women, but women who for love asked for loans and loans, and ended up bankrupt. Some of those women were the ones who dared – driven by the need to pay their bills – to speak and tell their stories to Norwegian journalists and from there to make ears and eyes turn to them, in addition to being able to collect money and pay your debts. How did Simon Leviev or Shimon Hayut do it or… because he used various names, to swindle dozens of women? What people helped him commit his fraud? How did he operate so that they would not notice? Why did they judge their victims? What did the authorities of the different countries do to stop it? what happened to The Tinder scammer It is to give more chill. So, it is an opportunity to enjoy and reflect on the chiaroscuros of the social networks in which we are immersed. It’s in Netflix.

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