A number of women – and a few men – in Chechnya are under investigation this week for a plot to scam apparent ISIS terrorists out of money. RT reported that local Russian authorities are looking into the scheme, which generally begins with the scammer creating a fake social media profile.
“He was first tempting me, saying, ‘Don’t you want to come to Syria? It’s really good here,’” Maryam said. “I replied, ‘I don’t have the means,’ and so he offered to wire some money.”
It is only after the money arrives in a scammer’s account, reports indicate, that the associated social media profile vanishes and the swindler moves on to the next target.
One of the women claims to have received a total of roughly $750 after scamming three online marks.
Though authorities have been investigating the cases as crimes, it is clear from public reaction to the story that many believe the con men and women should be applauded.
Among the pithy comments by Daily Mail readers included one person’s opinion that the scheme was “smarter than the FBI.”
Another popular comment included a suggested punishment for the suspects.
“You’ve been sentence [sic] to continue the good work,” the reader wrote. “Carry on.”
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