When Chechen women con ISIS recruiters out of thousands of dollars, you would think they would be rewarded or at least receive an honorable mention for their effort. Instead, the Chechen police arrested the women for fraud, and now they face years in prison for duping DAESH.
In a related report by the Inquisitr, an Islamic State leader had ISIS beheading videos banned because he was afraid Muslim women and children would be offended by the gruesome videos.
Life News spoke to one of the women and found out how the Chechen women con ISIS. It turns out they are using similar tactics related to internet scams like the Russian mail order bride. In this case, the Jihadi brides would defraud the Islamic State by saying they were willing to fly to Syria to join ISIS and fight, but they could not afford the airplane ticket.
The woman calling herself Maryam says some of her friends did in fact fly out to meet with ISIS, but she says, “Many people I know did go, but I know no one for whom it turned out well.”
Still, the idea to rip off ISIS sprung from this past.
Since ISIS recruiters commonly convince their targets to join using money and gifts, the women’s con operation worked out perfectly. The Chech women con ISIS by using wire transfers to receive the cash only to disappear immediately. They would then create new social media accounts and move on to the next ISIS target.
Unfortunately, the Chechen women were effective enough that they came to the attention of Chechnya Center “E,” a special unit which monitors the internet. According to authorities, not only Chechen women con ISIS recruiters. It turns out some men also create phishing web accounts in order to lure DAESH in with photos of attractive Muslim women. But these particular women were able to abscond with enough money that the Chechen police arrested them for fraud.
“I don’t recall any precedent like this one in Chechnya, probably because nobody digs deep enough in that direction,” officer Valery Zolotaryov told a local newspaper, according to Russia Today. “Anyhow, I don’t advise anyone to communicate with dangerous criminals, especially for grabbing quick money.”
The penalty for defrauding ISIS is six years in prison at the worst. Maryam managed to steal 45,000 rubles, or roughly $729 USD, but says she is currently under house arrest but has not yet been charged with a crime. She admits she is just embarrassed and now prefers not to respond to strangers in social networks.
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