Security agency Israel Shin Bet accuses Iran using account Facebook fake to lure its citizens to gather information about the country.
The Shin Bet believes that one of the profiles of a young Jewish-Canadian woman named Sara Puppi, who claims to have ties to Israel, is fake.
They accused the account of belonging to an Iranian agent in order to make friends with Israelis through social media.
“To gather information about Israeli figures while estimating their willingness to self-harm, and using pressure to promise thousands of dollars,” the Shin Bet said in a statement, as quoted by AFP on Thursday (5/5).
He later said, “Emotional and romantic manipulation was also used.”
After contacting via Facebook, Puppi will switch to the WhatsApp messaging application. He persuaded his new friend to provide information about Israel.
Shin Bet claimed to have disguised themselves as Puppi’s friends and accepted Bitcoin payments from him. However, earlier this week Puppi’s Facebook account was no longer active.
“The Iranian operator behind the account used cover story business to deliver various missions,” said the Shin Bet.
According to him, Puppi has a desire to harm LGBT people as well as business representatives and Arab diplomats serving in Israel.
Those behind the account have also tried to undermine Israel’s relations with Russia by encouraging people to criticize President Vladimir Putin for his invasion of Ukraine.
Puppi’s new friends, the Shin Bet continued, could be connected to accounts leading to Iran and intelligence.
The Shin Bet’s statement comes days after Israel claimed Iran had planned to kill an Israeli diplomat in Turkey.
Meanwhile, Israel claims to thwart alleged Iranian bids to kill a US general in Germany, a journalist in France, and an Israeli diplomat in Turkey.
“[Plot] ordered, approved and funded by the senior leadership of the Iranian regime and intended to be executed by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps [IRGC],” the Israeli government said in a statement.
So far, the Israeli prime minister’s office has refused to provide further details. Iran also did not immediately respond to Tel Aviv’s statement.