Netflix’s The Tinder Swindler has had viewers in a trance and in a fit of rage at the same time, and while some you are still hyped, here are a selection of shows and podcasts similar to the crime documentary.
In the feature-length film, viewers are told the story of the Israeli fraudster Shimon, who conned several women out of money while taking them on lavish dates.
He seduced young ladies around the globe by posing as a wealthy, jet-setting diamond mogul, conning his online matches out of thousands of pounds.
Cecilie Fjellhøy, Ayleen Koeleman, Pernilla Sjoholm all starred in the damning documentary exposing Hayut, who scammed women he met on Tinder to fund his billionaire lifestyle.
The doc quickly became one of the streaming service’s top releases last week, and the story has struck a chord with viewers around the world. Luckily, the streaming platform has plenty more where that came from.
Here are some other documentaries and podcasts to stream if you enjoyed The Tinder Swindler.
The Puppet Master: Hunting the Ultimate Conman
The Netflix true-crime series follows a British conman who fleeced an estimated £1million out of innocent victims.
This three-part series tells the stories of two families torn apart by one man’s lies and coercive control. It focuses on con artist Robert Hendy-Freegard aka The Puppet Master, a convicted criminal who stole 10 years from one of his targets, and who ripped a mother away from her two teenage children.
It reveals how Sandra Clifton met Robert – who went by David Henry – on a dating site in 2011.
However, her children, Jake and Sophie, noticed their mother begin to ‘distance herself’ before taking off and leaving with no notice – and they’ve never seen her since.
Just like Tinder Swindler, the one-off special features accounts from real-life victims of Robert.
Don’t F**k With Cats
The three-part true-crime horror follows a team of internet sleuths investigating the culprit behind a series of videos that show a masked man killing kittens online.
Eventually, the keyboard detectives identify Luka Magnotta as the monster, but only before he claims his first human victim in Jun Lin, sending the Chinese international student’s body parts to a primary school and Canadian politicians.
Don’t F** With Cats shows actual footage of the baby cats moments before they’re killed and understandably caused immense distress among viewers.
The makers behind the programme are also behind the Tinder Swindler, so we guarantee it’s just as addictive.
The Missing Cryptoqueen
Dr Ruja Ignatova persuaded millions to join her financial revolution, and all was going well until she disappeared. Why you ask, no one knows.
Author Jamie Bartlett tells the story of the infamous doctor’s rise and fall in greed, deceit, and herd madness in a nine-part BBC Sounds series, The Missing Cryptoqueen.
Ruja founded the Bulgarian company OneCoin in 2014, as part of the cryptocurrency wave.
The entrepreneur promised that OneCoin would overtake Bitcoin, giving the power of money to the people.
However, due to her eloquent speech, she managed to win people over with convincing statements such as: ‘Unlike money issued by governments, there is a finite number of OneCoins, ensuring they cannot be affected by inflation and are impossible to counterfeit.’
Thanks to her good education, and the respect from business peers in the industry she managed to persuade worldwide investors to part with literally billions of pounds.
All nine episodes are also available to listen to on Spotify, and the duration ranges between 40 minutes to an hour.
While the selections listed so far go down a more serious route, podcast Sweet Bobby is a little reckless and pretty bizzare – as it tells the story of Londoner Kirat Assi and her cousin, Simran Bhogal, as well as a man named Bobby – who never existed.
In 2009, a man called JJ contacted Kirat online who said he was Simran’s ex-boyfriend and was asking for advice on how to get her back.
While Kirat was unsure at first, she eventually began speaking with JJ and the pair talked on and off until JJ died suddenly five months later.
After JJ’s death, his brother, Bobby, contacted Kirat online, and the pair formed a strong bond, eventually falling into an online, long-distance relationship, where Kirat was introduced to Bobby’s mother, his friends and acquaintances, and even his ex-wives.
Kirat tried to meet her boyfriend in person multiple times, but Bobby would always find some excuse.
The host of the Sweet Bobby podcast is Alexi Mostrous, a former journalist with The Times and Huffpost UK, and she’s dubbed the story as shocking, complex, unbelievable, difficult and complicated to tell.’
You don’t say!
The seven-parter is available to listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Podtail, Amazon, and Player.fm
The Queen of the Con
Keeping up with the ‘queen’ theme, we have The Queen of the Con – which details how an American woman scammed people out of thousands of dollars by posing as ‘Irish royalty’ and managed to avoid deportation due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The story escalates as one of her victims turned out to be Emmy-award-winning TV producer Johnathan Walton was conned out of $70,000 (£51,700) dollars by Marianne Mair Smyth aka the Queen of the Con.
Johnathan opened up about his former friend Mair and explained that she had an elaborate backstory that helped her to deceive her victims.
‘She had a framed Irish Constitution on parchment paper with fancy writing on her wall,’ he said.
‘And she said her great-great uncle was a signatory and a founder of Ireland. She said she was royalty from Ireland.’
The 10-part series is available to listen to on Apple Podcasts.
Tinder Swindler is available to stream on Netflix