ISIS operatives allegedly used eBay to fund terror operations

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Operatives working for the self-proclaimed Islamic State allegedly used fake eBay transactions to move their money, according to a recently unsealed FBI affidavit first reported on by The Wall Street Journal.

An American citizen, Mohamed Elshinawy, received a total of $8,700 from individuals associated with ISIS through PayPal, after he pretended to sell them computer printers on eBay, according to a 2016 indictment.

He told investigators he was to use the money for “operational purposes” such as a terror attack. Some of the cash was spent on a laptop, a cellphone, and software to set up a virtual private network that can mask a user’s internet usage, which the FBI believed was so he could communicate with ISIS operatives overseas, the Journal reported.

The case highlights the difficulties in tracking the finances of terror groups, which have taken to using alternatives to banks. ISIS has raised money through crowdfunding websites, social media fundraisers, and prepaid cards, according to a 2015 report from an international task force that investigates and combats money laundering and terror financing.

PayPal and eBay both told the Journal they were working with law enforcement on the case.

Read the full story at the Wall Street Journal >

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