ISIS bride, meet Russian mail-order bride, meet classic Internet scam. A group of young Chechen women crafted a brilliant online money-making scheme, all in the name of ripping off ISIS recruiters—whom they essentially duped with the same tactics your grandparents fall for when they read their spam inbox.
The women were recently detained by local police for allegedly leading on ISIS recruiters for the cash and then bailing on their trips to Syria, according to Russian website Life News. The young women had apparently been contacted over the Internet by jihadis, and decided to play along. They were willing to go fight, the women reportedly said, if they were given travel funds. For ISIS recruiters, who often ply their online targets with money and gifts, it was a standard request.