July 31, 2015

Chechen women troll ISIS with internet bride scam

Rebel Staff

Police in Chechnya have detained three Muslim women for allegedly conning ISIS recruiters into sending them thousands of dollars in cash and then bailing on their trips to Syria and Iraq.

According to reports in Russia, the trio of young women had been posing as wannabe jihadi brides in an effort to extort cash from the terrorists.

The three female con-artists are reportedly now being held by Chechen authorities in relation to charges of suspected fraud.

Ironically, the three Chechen swindlers used the Islamic State’s public relations tool of choice, social media, to carry out their deception.

Life News, a Russian tabloid, has reported that the scam originated on social networking platforms, where the women would engage with ISIS terrorists in Syria and Iraq.

Feigning interest in travelling to the self-declared Caliphate, the three women are then alleged to have claimed that they didn’t have enough money to travel to the Middle East. Subsequently, the ISIS recruiters then promised to cover the women’s travel expenses, wiring cash to the women via an anonymous electronic transfer.

After receiving the cash, the women would simply delete all social media traces of themselves used to facilitate the con, before moving on to their next target.

The three managed to earn more than US$3,300 from the terrorists before they were rumbled by the Chechen police department, according to the Moscow-based news organization Moskovsky Komsomolets.

“I’ve never heard of a precedent for anything like this case. Probably because no one has gone far enough in that direction,” Officer Valery Zolotaryov told Moskovsky Komsomolets.

“I wouldn’t advise anyone to enter into correspondence with dangerous criminals in any case, and especially not to make some easy money,” he added.

One of the women involved, identified as Mary, even told Life News that she had been approached by an ISIS fighter online.

“He began to lure me, saying: ‘Do you want to come to Syria, [it is] very good.’ I told him that I had no money,” she said. Life News has reported that the man then wired her 10,000 rubles (US$168).

At one stage however, Mary actually considered following through with the trip, according to Life News. But the negative stories coming back from other Chechen women who had left - and their descriptions of the barbaric ways in which women are treated by the terrorist network - forced her to reconsider.

“Many people I know did go, but I know no one for whom it turned out well,” she said.

If convicted the women each face up to six years in prison.

Women recruits are drawn to ISIS for a lot of the same reasons young men are pouring into the group’s rank and file, experts have concluded.

“What was eye-opening to me in my research is that the women were every bit as motivated as the men,” said the Brookings Institution’s William McCants, author of the book The ISIS Apocalypse, in an interview with Fortune.

"To be the wife of a martyr brings you great status in that community, and it brings you a pension [...] You can become powerful as a spouse; there is a long history of that [in Islam]."

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commented 2015-08-02 21:44:15 -0400
Bill, I highly doubt ISIS would have to actually contract anyone. All they’d have to do is issue a fatwa. Someone there would do it with a heavy vest just for the chance to go to heaven. No money would have to change hands.
commented 2015-08-01 23:49:31 -0400
Well, I guess we now know who’s side Putin is on, don’t we? Could you imagine any other criminal going to authorities for being scammed?? And apparently, the ISIS idiots didn’t know enough to be embarrassed!
commented 2015-08-01 18:43:48 -0400
Why yes, yes, I did like this post.
I think more people should scam these murderous thugs. Take them for all they have. So we know they like women, use that to bait them somehow into giving up tons of cash…10,000 rubles equaled 168$…? Yikes ….cheap dates….how bout scams with guns and grenades? I don’t know….it’s your call.
commented 2015-08-01 15:07:06 -0400
This is the sort of thing our government agents should be doing – absconding with ISIS’s proceeds of crime. Hack into their accounts and wipe them out. ISIS gets billions in donations. Why aren’t our government agents intercepting those donations??

Something is all whackadoodle in the world today.
commented 2015-08-01 00:39:11 -0400
I won’t be surprised if ISIS contracts a killer in Chechnya to kill these women or their close family members. For these guys getting defrauded $3300 US is a lot of money and they will want to set an example that women shouldn’t consider doing this to them. Finding someone in Chechnya to go after these women won’t be hard as the Islamic State has Chechen fighters in their ranks. This scam was very unwise.
commented 2015-07-31 22:48:02 -0400
Peter…..I wouldn’t call them all heroic, since one of them, Maria was ready to go through with it. But, after reading the post, I was certainly giving them a thumbs up for duping those savages & hoping they would get away with their sting.
commented 2015-07-31 19:37:51 -0400
I am not Gay but if I were, perhaps I could try a similar Scam. I bet the amount of cash, sent to me by these Jihad’s Warriors, would allow me to retire in comfort. NOTE: I do not intend any insult to all you Gay Guys, out there.
commented 2015-07-31 15:40:23 -0400
These women, as heroic as they are, are playing a dangerous game. ISIS may not react so “civilized” so they are lucky the Chechen authorities caught them and not ISIS.
commented 2015-07-31 15:25:23 -0400
Convicted? They should be given a classroom and educator status!
commented 2015-07-31 13:51:46 -0400
But the Chechen government is just about as bad as ISIS an sympathizes with ISIS. These girls did something very bad in their eyes.
commented 2015-07-31 13:22:04 -0400
I agree with George,
Hire them, and get them to expose all the ISIS scum bags.
commented 2015-07-31 13:18:02 -0400
That’s a capital idea, George!
commented 2015-07-31 12:50:31 -0400
Don’t arrest them. Hire them.