US Jihadi Used Ebay To Get ISIS Money, Fund Potential Attack

12 Agosto, 2017, 07:14 | Autore: Santina Resta

Islamic State allegedly used PayPal and fake eBay transactions to channel money to an operative in the US, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Elshinawy allegedly pledged his allegiance to IS and received nearly 9,000 dollars through fake eBay transactions by pretending to sell printers, according to the newspaper.

Federal Bureau of Investigation has reportedly unmasked a global financial network, which was used by a senior Isis operative to fund terror activities in the USA - under the cover of bogus eBay purchases. Sujan was allegedly in charge of all computer-related things for the extremist group until he was killed by a drone late in 2015. Federal agents believed that much of the $8,700 Elshinawy received from ISIS through multiple means was used to purchase a laptop, calling cards, a private VPN networks, and a hotspot-all of which were apparently used to communicate with ISIS. ISIS has raised money through crowdfunding websites, social media fundraisers, and prepaid cards, according to a 2015 report from an global task force that investigates and combats money laundering and terror financing.

Elshinawy has pleaded not guilty to supporting ISIS, but prosecutors allege the money he received was to be used for a possible terror attack in the US.

A spokeswoman for PayPal Holdings Inc. said that it "invests significant time and resources in working to prevent terrorist activity on our platform...."

A spokesman for eBay said the company has "zero tolerance for criminal activity on our marketplace and we worked with law enforcement to bring this individual to justice".

The Islamic State group may be using eBay and PayPal to funnel money into the fund terror activities there as part of a global terror funding network spanning from the Bangladesh.