The deadly group ISIS tops Forbes’ list as the richest terrorist group in the world. According to the magazine, ISIS has an annual turnover of $2 billion. This list was made back in December 2014. Some analysts are now estimating that the group is on its way of hitting $3 billion this year.
Where do they get the money from? From oil trade, kidnapping and ransom, as well as collection of protection taxes and bank robberies, Forbes said.
According to the United Nations, there are over one million people in Syria alone to have been displaced from their homes in 2015. This adds up to the already 7.6 million people already internally displaced as of 2014 when the ISIS crisis started its reign in the region – this is how violent the group is.
Swindling the ISIS
The atrocities and power of the ISIS is seemingly sweeping and relentless. The group had executed many of its foreign hostages and had even released video of their beheading. However, three girls from Chechen were able to swindle the group, raking as much as $3,300.
1. Know your advantage.
Living in Russia’s Muslim Chechen republic works in favor of these three girls. The region is said to be a hot spot for ISIS recruiters looking to lure young people to join the group and travel to the Middle East.
2. Set up a bogus social media account.
3. Pretend to be eager to go to Syria.
When the ISIS eyes you as a recruit target, pretend that you are desperate to go to Syria and fight for their cause. As how the three girls did it, they kept in touch with the ISIS recruiter, sent them fake photos and convinced them that they are actually jumping onto the trap.
4. Pretend that the only obstacle stopping you from traveling to Syria is the lack of money. Ask the money to be sent via anonymous electronic transfers.
5. Once the ISIS recruiter sent you the “travel fund,” cash it.
6. Close your social media account and stop all forms of communication.
Words of advice
Russian officials are advising against these activities because it may turn the other way around, and the ISIS might actually lure would-be swindlers to join their fight. The three girls in fact were caught by Chechen police and are now being charged for fraud, RT News reported.
“I don’t recall any precedent like this one in Chechnya, probably because nobody digs deep enough in that direction,” Valery Zolotaryov of the CheChen police said.
“Anyhow, I don’t advise anyone to communicate with dangerous criminals, especially for grabbing quick money,” he said.
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