Girls Scam ISIS Recruiters with Oldest Trick in the Book

Three young Chechen women conned the Islamic State terrorist organization into giving them thousands of dollars.


0001e’ve all received the emails. A prince from a non-specific African country needs our help, and in exchange for our cooperation, he’ll reward us with riches beyond our wildest imagination. All it takes is a little cash upfront.


Recruiters for the Islamic terrorist organization ISIS apparently need a course in web safety. While attempting to recruit a group of young Chechen women to their cause, they fell for the old wire transfer no-show. Just as the African prince disappears with his cash advance, these girls accepted thousands of dollars in “transportation money” and never arrived to fight in Syria. But it wasn’t a perfect crime.

ISIS fighters in Syria
ISIS fighters in Syria

The women have been detained by local police for committing fraud. Apparently, even ripping off terrorists can land you in hot water with Chechnya’s online crimes unit.

“I don’t recall any precedent like this one in Chechnya, probably because nobody digs deep enough in that direction,” officer Valery Zolotaryov stated, according to Russia Today. “Anyhow, I don’t advise anyone to communicate with dangerous criminals, especially for grabbing quick money.”

The young women were apparently contacted over social media by ISIS recruiters, but instead of reporting the incident to police, they decided to play along. Recruiters for the organization often shower potential converts with money or gifts, one of many cult indoctrination tactics ISIS uses to recruit jihadists from around the world. The women asked for money to travel to Syria, but simply never showed up. After the wire-transfers came through, they’d block the recruiter they had been speaking with and disappear from the social media site they were communicating on. They would then repeat the process with another recruiter. In total, they made around $3,300.00

The women face a maximum of six years in prison.

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Timothy Bertrand
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