Dutch police bust Nigerian wedding scam

2012-11-09 17:02

The Hague - Dutch police have busted a wedding scam involving Dutch citizens being paid to go to Britain to marry illegal Nigerian immigrants so they can obtain residency there, prosecutors said on Friday.

The gendarmerie, responsible for border security, "detained 16 women and seven men this week on the suspicion that they travelled to Britain to enter into fake marriages", it said in a statement.

"They are almost all of Dutch Antillean origin and were flown to Britain to get married", mainly to Nigerian men and women, it added.

Once married, the Nigerians would get legal residency in Britain and access to state welfare. In return, the Dutch collaborators would be paid €2 500 to €3 500.

Members of the Dutch Caribbean community were used so they could be used as look-alikes for Nigerians' real partners, who would be brought into Britain after the "wedding" to make the swap complete, prosecution service spokesperson Wim de Bruin said.

Wedding dress swop

Called Operation Dutch Conclusion, the two-year investigation involved Dutch and British law and border security agencies and continental policing agency Europol.

Dutch popular daily De Telegraaf reported on Friday that British law enforcement officers had made arrests at fake "weddings" with bride and groom on the verge of exchanging vows.

"We have seen wedding dresses with the price tag still on them being used by three 'brides' in one day, swapping the dress just outside the church," the paper quoted an officer only identified as Michel.

Around 81 people have been arrested over the last two years, De Bruin said, mainly in Britain, of whom 66 have already been sentenced to between a few months and six years on human trafficking charges.

Those arrested in the Netherlands also face human trafficking charges, the statement added.

  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2012-11-09 18:08

    The life of the 419

      Olaleye Elijah - 2012-11-10 07:10

      well that a good catch . but i did not expect u people to say all nigerian are the same ok. just like Sa people

  • Bongiwe Bongie Mabongz Dlutu - 2012-11-09 18:19

    CAUTION to all ladies,to refrain from marry these people

  • jewel.moyana - 2012-11-09 18:43

    Ha ha ha its ridiculously funny

  • Ntutu Dlova - 2012-11-09 18:48


  • maverick.generators - 2012-11-09 19:03

    What I find amazing is that they are meticolous and quite intelligent at what they do. Same principles applied to honest business practices would most probably yield them a fair amount of success. Alas they only go for criminal activities. What a messed up, repulsive nation.

      omo.naija.750 - 2012-11-27 20:27

      I guess Aliko Dangote and the million of other honest hardworking Nigerian businessmen do not count??? You say Nigeria is a repulsive country ,well a fellow South African who actually migrated to Nigeria in 2011 disagrees ,just read here :

  • julio.sanfona - 2012-11-09 19:35

    I am totally flabbergasted! I can't believe that any Nigerian nationals could be involved in such practices. It must be some criminal Dutch police framing these poor Nigerians!

      mammudi.makgaleng.3 - 2012-11-09 20:19

      U don't know them. So be quit. They do whatever it takes to get what they want. Fraudulent and illegal activities is their daily practices. South Africa suffered that I know. Especially with identity documents. They are nothing but bunch of hypocrites.

  • mammudi.makgaleng.3 - 2012-11-09 20:34

    Am not surprised. I believe is time the UN looks seriously in this matter. For safety precautions Nigerians must be denied access in all countries and stay in their country. Crimes like fake marriages, drugs, prostitution, fraud, human trafficking will reduce.

  • dave.kofang - 2012-11-10 07:36

    Its nigerians again.How long must da world tolerate their nonsense?They must be barred from entering all countries in da world.They must remain in nigeria.

  • boipelo.mmekwa - 2012-11-11 00:27

    Nigerians from drugs,to fake doctors,to human trafficking,fraud and the list goes on....The thing is they will BS you with politeness ,that you won't see you getting screwed ,until you got scars to prove it.What a criminal minded,repulsive nation

  • Siphamandla Mnyani - 2014-02-03 22:16

    Theres nothing good about these Nigerians, kwerekweres

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