The Islamic State is constantly using social media as a recruiting tool, mainly to get vulnerable, younger girls to travel to Syria to join ISIS, with the promise of community and marriage to a jihadi.
But that's what makes this story so great. Using social media to recruit these jihadi brides means the terrorists are open and vulnerable to catfishing, and that's exactly what three women from Russia were able to do.
According to Naked Security, one of the girls, identified as Mary, received a message from a stranger in Syria. After some correspondence, the man asked Mary to start a new life in Syria under ISIS.
Although Mary and her friends had no intentions of ever traveling to Syria, Mary agreed, but told the jihadi that there was one little problem ... she had no money. But no money means no problems for a future ISIS bride. The man sent over money which Mary accepted, then quickly shut down all of her social media accounts.
Meanwhile, her two friends were also working on other ISIS members, using fake photos and profiles to scam ISIS out of around $3,300 when all is said and done.
But here's the catch. Even though it's great that these women were able to take that much money from a terrorist organization, catfishing is still a crime. The women are now under investigation for fraud, and means they could spend up to six years in jail.
What do you think? Catfishing can be dangerous; in fact, we here at Komando.com have published tips to help keep you safe when online dating. But should an offense like this be punishable by law when it comes to terrorist organizations? Let me know what you think by posting in the comments below.