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Love is a scam? 'Tinder Swindler' and 'Inventing Anna' top Netflix Valentine's week watches

By SAAB LARIOSA Published Feb 28, 2022 3:30 pm

Love may be in the air, but scamming was the #1 on air.

Streaming platform Netflix has shared that two of their scam-centered content took the top spot for TV and movie content for Valentine's week 2022.

The Tinder Swindler topped Netflix's English film list for the third week in a row with a total of 34.45M watch hours. The almost 2-hour documentary film centers around faux-business mogul Simon Leviev (real name Shimon Hayut) as he scams his Tinder matches by luring them in through love-bombing and expensive gifts.

He then asks them to lend him huge sums of money that he promises to pay back. The women he swindled are still paying off their debts to this day.

Meanwhile, the Shonda Rhimes' limited series Inventing Anna was also the most-watched English TV content for the week and placed in the Top 10 in 94 countries at the time.

The Julia Garner-starred series meanwhile follows another convicted scammer, Anne Delvey (real name Anna Sorokin) as she enters the world of New York's elite society and cons her way into starting a social club by pretending to be a German heiress.

With the opening quote "This whole story is completely true. Except for all of the parts that are totally made up" written through every episode, viewers are shown just how far Anna's web of lies goes.

Leviev and Delvey have both gained widespread attention for their cons. Leviev has gone on to grant interviews and hopes to start his own dating show, while Delvey has been actively commenting on the show via Instagram while in custody at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Per the Insider, Netflix reportedly paid Sorokin $320,000 (P16.4M) for the rights to adapt her story.

As of writing, The Tinder Swindler and Inventing Anna remain on top of Netflix's Film and TV categories.