Three girls turned the tables on ISIS and made off with over $3000
Three Chechen girls are under investigation after scamming ISIS recruiters over social media by convincing them to send money on the pretence that they would use it to travel to Syria.
The girls from Chechnya, a Russian republic in southeastern Europe, reportedly convinced the ISIS members to send them $3,300 before being caught by a Chechen police E unit specializing in monitoring online activities for evidence of crimes.
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Russia’s predominantly Muslim Chechen Republic is a prime target for Islamic State propagandists, who target young men and women from the area in an attempt to recruit them for their jihadist campaign.
According to RT News, the ISIS members allegedly reached out to the girls’ social media accounts, asking them to join the militant cause. The young women said they had no intent of leaving the country but kept in contact with the ISIS members and even sent fake pictures to string them along.
Once the ISIS members wired the funds, the girls reportedly closed down their accounts and kept the money.
The girls had made a business out of swindling ISIS recruiters by faking their intent to join the cause while pointing that the only obstacle was the lack of travel money, which the recruiters would often provide. Once the money was sent via anonymous electronic transfers, the swindlers would simply cash the money and delete the social media account used in the con.