Three women from Russia's Republic of Chechnya played tricks on ISIL recruiters to pool money out of them.
One of the girls, Maryam, said an unknown man from Syria contacted her online. The two started talking. After a while the man asked Maryam to leave everything behind and to come live with the terrorists in Syria, where "things were always good."
"I told him I don't have the money to travel. He then offered to send me 10,000 rubles ($170) using QIWI transfer," Maryam told LifeNews.ru in an interview.
After receiving the money she stopped talking to the Syrian man. Two other ISIL recruiters also contacted her and Maryam managed to convince them to send 15,000 rubles ($250) and 20,000 rubles ($340), respectively. The two other women also scammed ISIL recruiters for several hundreds of dollars.
ISIL is an extremist Sunni militant group that currently controls large areas in Syria and Iraq. The group is notorious for its brutality and numerous human rights violations.
The terrorist organization has recruited thousands of foreigners by utilizing social networking websites especially to target young people. The US National Counterterrorism Center estimates at least 20,000 foreign fighters have joined ISIL to date.