I recently stumbled upon the funny story about an alleged Sri Lankan national handball team that disappeared from a local tournament in the Bavarian village of Wittislingen in 2003. While their hosts still wondered at their weak handball skills, the 23 Sri Lankans had already taken off to Italy to start a new life in Europe. There was no national handball team in Sri Lanka at all: Those guys just pretended bo be one, just to get in possesion of German tourist visas. Very creative, indeed! The story even got onto the big screen when director Uberto Pasolini made a movie named Machan (German title: Spiel der Träume) in 2008. BBC News covered the episode here.
The video documentary We Love Germany: Thanks for Everything by Jenny Vogel features original voices (with English subtitles) of the Bavarian hosts involved in the whole thing, visual impressions of the Bavarian village included (a perfect place to vanish imho).