Chinese Bridal Scam Rocks Small Villages

June 5, 2009

China (ChattahBox) – A growing marriage scam in small villages in China is causing alarm, as high dowry prices lead to running brides.

The scam targets areas that has a disproportionate male to female ratio, which is a large majority of the huge populations, thanks to the Communist nation’s ‘family planning’ laws.

The scam has been the same in each area. The women show up, usually in a group of three or four, and are introduced to the young men of the village who have reached a certain age. Because there are often little or no women of an appropriate marriage ago, the men are happy to pay huge sums for the traditional dowries asked by the women.

After a week or so, the women disappear, leaving behind most possessions, identity papers, but taking the money with them.

It has happened so often that the nation is beginning to believe that it may be related to a larger criminal gang, The Wall Street Journal reports.

It is believed that more cases of fraud will begin to creep up as the population rates become more unbalanced.

One such case was that of Zhou Pin, a 27-year-old man who married a woman who claimed her name was Cai Niucuo. A background check confirmed her story, but it is now believed that she was using fake papers as well.

She remained for ten days after the wedding, then she and eleven other brides fled the village of Xin’an, along with her bridal price of 38,000 yuan ($5,500 USD), which had been given to someone believed to be her cousin the day of the wedding.

According to Zhou Pin, his bride called him a few days later, apologizing for what she had done, seeming to confirm that there is a wider criminal leaning behind the original scams.


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