Inventing Anna Review

When my friend recommended Inventing Anna, I knew I had to watch it. I wasn’t aware that they were doing a show on Anna Delvey but I do remember reading the article referenced in the show a couple of years ago. I found it interesting how Anna was able to stay in pricey hotel rooms without having a credit card on file.

After watching the show, I understood. Everyone believed her German heiress act. Anna Delvey was going to fake it until she made it. She believed in her dreams and got buy-in from those she needed help from. If she didn’t believe in herself no one was going to believe her. She needed those people because without them she would never be able to fulfill her dreams.

No one believed her act more than Neff. Neff was the true definition of a ride or die chick. She had a justification for everything that Anna did which was crazy to me. I get that she was wrapped up in the circles that Anna traveled, something that she probably wouldn’t have experienced on her own, but she was doing too much to defend her considering Anna was just using her. There were several red flags throughout their friendship yet she ignored all of them! She didn’t even believe her boyfriend who tried to warn her about Anna. 

On the other end of the spectrum there is Rachel who went from being a victim to exploiting her. I understand going to the police to report the crime but I lost respect for her when she worked with them to have her arrested. As she was working with them she was still trying to remain friendly with Anna. It was like she wanted to remain Anna’s friend but she also wanted her to pay for her crimes. I also got the impression that she was ashamed of her involvement with the police. Her logic made no sense, especially when she started capitalizing on her situation. Had Rachel worked with the cops and sold her story, without continuing to engage Ana, then it would have been a different story. She was no true friend.

Anna was no true friend either. Anyone she kept close to her was for a reason. She was a con artist. She was able to scam Wall Street and multiple hotels! She had people fooled during her time in New York. She was living a good life. Sadly though, all good things do come to an end and she had to pay for her crimes.

The Tinder Swindler Review

If you know me then you know that I am a sucker for anything fraud related. Whether it be an organization committing the fraud or an individual, I will be interested in it. When I saw the trailer of “The Tinder Swindler” I knew I had to watch it. It was an added benefit that it was from the producers of “ Don’t F*** with Cats.”

Simon Leviev, a man from Israel, would meet women on Tinder and swindle them for money. The documentary tells the story of 3 women that fell for his lies: a diamond heir being chased by enemies so he couldn’t use his own finances to go about his business. These women would open credit cards and loans in their name to fund Simon’s lavish lifestyle. He was exposed in an article in a Norwegian newspaper catching the attention of one of his girlfriends. This girlfriend, Ayleen, is my favorite person in this story. She got her revenge on him and I found it so funny how she swindled him out of money!

For me, it was interesting to see how a man was able to scam normal women for allegedly $10 million. He had no regard for the livelihoods of these women. Like how can you ask your significant other to pawn their car or sell their house? He definitely did have a good run until he was caught on unrelated charges. I think he got lucky that he was released early and I do wonder if he is up to his old games since he is still flaunting a lavish lifestyle.