Federal Bureau of Investigation says Islamic State used eBay, PayPal to send cash to US

An ISIS funding network used fake eBay transactions to transfer money to the US according to a recently unsealed affidavit

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

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.

The man reportedly told investigators he used a scheme dubbed "drop-shipping", that made it appear as if goods were bought and shipped to individuals linked to the terrorist organization, as a way of disguising the movement of money.

An American-born ISIS operative in his 30s was arrested a year ago in Maryland when investigators uncovered the eBay terror scheme, according to The Wall Street Journal.

He pleaded guilty to supporting the jihadist group and is awaiting trial. Elshinawy used the money to buy a laptop, a cell phone and a virtual private network to communicate with terrorists, the affidavit says.

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The affidavit alleges that Elshinawy was part of an ISIS funding network that stretched from the United Kingdom to Bangladesh, where arrests have also been made.

Elshinawy allegedly took in $8,700 from ISIS. Meanwhile, a spokeswoman for PayPal said it "invests significant time and resources in working to prevent terrorist activity on our platform..."

Elshinawy claimed that he was not advised on how he should use the money to stage an attack on U.S. soil, but was given the then-recent Draw Muhammed Contest shooting in Texas as an example.

"We proactively report suspicious activities and respond quickly to lawful requests to support law enforcement agencies in their investigations", the company spokesman said.

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