There’s always that sense of poetic justice, when the ”bad guys” get taken, and much like the 1973 blockbuster movie “The Sting”, in which the con artist finishes the “play” and takes the "marks" money, without the "mark" ever  realizing he’s been taken.

However the “mark” in this instance wasn’t some fictional character but rather the terror group ISIS, and those that were doing the scamming are three real life Chechen girls who allegedly set up social media accounts and entered into conversations with the militants, claiming to be sympathetic to their cause, sending photographs and saying that the only obstacle preventing them traveling to ISIS controlled territory was a lack of money.

And after the “love sick” terrorists sent money, the con was complete and that account was closed, and a new one opened, and the “sting” was once again in play.

In all more than 200,000 rubles ($3,300; £2,100, €2,977) was taken from ISIS recruiters. However unlike the movie version, the women were finally tracked down by a specialist Chechen police unit set up to tackle the group's online propaganda and recruitment campaign.

Now however, the women could face fraud charges, with sentences ranging from fines to six months in jail, Russian media reports.

Valery Zolotaryov of the police unit said in an interview; "I don't recall any precedent like this one in Chechnya, probably because nobody digs deep enough in that direction, anyhow, I don't advise anyone to communicate with dangerous criminals, especially for grabbing quick money."

The terrorist group has released propaganda magazines and films targeting potential Chechen recruits, inspiring hundreds of women to join the group, and making it almost impossible to monitor the number of social media accounts created by ISIS supporters to communicate with Chechens.

However it would seem that “scamming” a terrorist group out of their money, would actually be in the best interest of all concerned.

 

 

 

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