Israeli spy agencies Mossad and Shin Bet uncovered an attempt by the Iranians to lure Israeli men.
According to a statement released on Monday, Iranian intelligence services contacted dozens of Israeli men through fake Instagram accounts, tricking them into meeting women from around the world in the hope of kidnapping them.
According to security sources, a meeting was foiled at the last minute after the person had already left Israel to meet the alleged woman. Israeli security forces warned him just before he left for the meeting.
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Fake accounts depicting women of various ages and ethnicities have been monitored by Israeli spy agencies.
“Activities of this type were to be carried out in countries having diplomatic relations with Israel, such as Turkey, the Gulf States and the counties of the Caucasus, Africa and Europe,” said a statement from the security service. Israeli Shin Bet.
According to a video the agencies distributed to the press that simulates the Iranian attempts, the fake account contacts Israeli men, ascertaining his origin, then flirts with him and fixes a meeting place for him.
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A Shin Bet official told Fox News that Iranian authorities often use it with Iranian exiles.
The timing of publication is no coincidence.
“International travel and tourism for Israelis is about to resume, and amid recent Iranian threats to avenge attacks associated with Israel, Israelis should be aware of the potential threats they face,” the source revealed to Fox News. “We call on all Israelis abroad to be extremely careful and to be logged in with new and unknown social media accounts.”
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Last year, the Israel Defense Forces revealed a similar attempt by Hamas operatives to target IDF soldiers.
Tensions between Iran and Israel have been high in recent weeks, as Israel has been accused of a series of sabotage attempts on Iranian ships and the latest blackout in Natanz, which interrupted the activity of thousands of centrifuges in the nuclear installation.
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