Pastor Sean, who chose to only be known by his first name to protect the identity of the victims, said he knows of three young women who have been swindled over the past two years.
“There seems to be some sort of organised, I don’t know if we can call it a scam, but some sort of organised group that looks towards what I’d call susceptible young ladies, who are longing for a relationship, longing for intimacy and they are wooed into a secret or arranged marriage,” he told 4BC.
Pastor Sean said the women were introduced to the men face-to-face in two out of the three cases he has seen.
The Pastor believes the men had been living in the country on student visas.
A woman, who went by the name Rose, told 4BC she had fallen pregnant to a man who was trying to scam her.
Rose said she had been emotionally vulnerable when she first started seeing the man who tried to pressure her into marriage once she revealed she was an Australia citizen.
She declined but later found out she had fallen pregnant.
The man, who has physically abused Rose in past, now claims he wants to take the child from her and continues to demand marriage.
“The only reason he was with me was because of residency, he didn’t see me as a wife, or to love me,” she said.
Pastor Sean said often the men would disappear and divorce the women after two years after attaining visas.
The Department of Immigration is investigating the claims.