Historically, mail-order brides were women who listed themselves in catalogs and were selected by men for marriage.
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According to Russia’s Moskovsky Komsomolets newspaper, the scam was pulled by three young Chechen women, two of whom are 17.
It started a few months ago, when one of the women – whose first name is Mary (or Maryam), according to Life News Russia – got a message on a social network from a stranger. After correspondence went back and forth for a while, he invited Mary to drop everything and start a new life with the militants.
Mary told Life News that she mulled actually taking the cash and buying a one-way ticket to Syria, but she said she reconsidered after hearing stories from friends in her Muslim community: Life News reports that men have also taken out catfishing accounts, posing as women and using fake photos to lure ISIS recruiters and get “travel” money out of the group.
Sure, sounds great, Mary said, but no can do – I’m broke. Mary allegedly agreed, took the money, and shut down her social media accounts.
According to Life News, the three women had other men to milk, and two other members of the Islamic State transferred more money, with similar slam-bam-thank-you-man results.
Berlin state security, responsible for investigating politically-motivated crimes, have now taken over the investigation, according to the report.
Berlin police have refused to comment on the story, and were not available when The Local tried to reach them on Wednesday morning.