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.
In a statement, eBay said Elshinaway was not on a watch list, and his sale of two printers on the site did not appear suspicious at the time.
“When law enforcement notified us that it was investigating this individual for suspected illegal activity, we partnered closely with them to bring this person to justice,” the statement said. “We have zero tolerance for criminal activity on eBay and have robust systems in place to identify and prevent it.”
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