Swindlers scam people for money on the Internet pretty much all the time. It’s not a new phenomenon. But making up a fake story to con Islamic State terrorists? That takes some skill.
Three female con-artists have been detained by Chechen authorities after they allegedly talked jihadists into sending them money to travel to Syria.
ISIS uses social media to recruit new members as well as brides. They plant the idea of a utopian life inside the minds of young people to trick them into their strongholds in the Middle East. Then the men die in battles, while women are reportedly used as sex slaves.
But these three women turned the tables on the terrorist group when they used the Internet against them. They were reportedly contacted over the Internet by jihadis looking for wives and that’s when they decided came up with their plan.
They told multiple ISIS fighters that they were willing to join their cause, if they were given funds for their journey. As soon as the young ladies would get their money, they would delete their profiles.
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While it’s not clear for how long they managed to do this, it’s believed that they netted around $3,300 from the terrorists’ dirty pockets.
However, as they say no good deed goes unpunished, the trio has was – of course – noticed by Chechen cybercrime police and have been detained for the scam.
“I don’t recall any precedent like this one in Chechnya, probably because nobody digs deep enough in that direction,” officer Valery Zolotaryov told the Moskovsky Komsomolets newspaper. “Anyhow, I don’t advise anyone to communicate with dangerous criminals, especially for grabbing quick money.”
This isn’t the first time ISIS has been trolled.
In June, an Iraqi man based in London invented the town of “Shichwa” and claimed the Sunni extremist group had been driven out by Shia militias. His fake battle defeat reportedly turned ISIS supporters against one another.