According to sources for TMZ, Leviev was contacted by a verified Instagram account on Thursday (February 24).
The woman allegedly claimed that her partner could help Leviev and his girlfriend Kate Konlin in removing fake accounts, in addition to getting both of them verified.
Engaging in at least one FaceTime call with the man, who answered from inside a busy office space, Leviev was told he needed to pay a fee in order to verify his account and remove any fakes.
Apparently fooled, Leviev is said to have paid $6,664 in two instalments between two different PayPal accounts. The two individuals then allegedly wiped themselves from Instagram before Leviev could realise anything was amiss.
His manager reportedly reached out to Meta to confirm that Leviev had spoken to them, but the company denied this and said that they did not accept payment for verification.
Leviev rose to global infamy after the release of The Tinder Swindler on Netflix. The documentary film exposed his use of the dating platform for his criminal activity, emotionally manipulating women in order to steal their money and finance his luxury lifestyle.
Earlier this week it was reported that Leviev was being sued by the real and astoundingly wealthy Leviev diamond dynasty, who accuse him of taking advantage of their name for his criminal activities.
As stated in the Netflix documentary, Leviev changed his name from Shimon Yehuda Hayut in order to convince his victims of his fake background in the diamond business and explain away his artificial wealth.
Leviev has since been verified on Instagram through legitimate means.