A Letter from makumbirofa@gmail.com. Is This a Scam?

If you receive a mail like the one I have below, would you entertain it?  I really don’t know  about this organization and beside when I click their website, it is not showing at all. Second, I am just a jobless individual who also have obligations in life. If I probably have a lot of money, I will donate some to this organization. Sad to say, I am just a housewife.

It is up to you  to decide if you entertain  email like this. If you believed that this mail  is of good cause, you can send help to them or simply contact the email they provided in here. It’s your decision.

Below is the body of the mail I received today. I just copied and pasted it here.

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FROM: Collen Makumbirofa makumbirofa@gmail.com
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Tel: 0027 71 117 5405 Fax 0027 086 292 5351Email:infosodip@gmail.com 114 Rissik Street, Braamfontein,Johannesburg, South Africa

May 27, 2012

Dear Sir/madam


We hereby appeal for financial support for our humanitarian project: Hope for the Refugees.

Hope for the Refugees project aim to give humanitarian support to Zimbabwean refugees in South Africa. Our project is currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa. We give assistance to the refugees in terms of food, clothes, temporary housing, and short term skills to help the refugees to be self-dependent.

Zimbabwean Refugees and immigrants are suffering and starving in South Africa. Most of them cannot get jobs or accommodation. The situation is catastrophic, many lives are being lost. Our project is feeding some of them and giving hope.

Society for the Poor and Distressed is a registered non-profit organization fighting for freedom of speech, human rights, and democracy in Zimbabwe. Your donation of $50, $100, $300 or $1000 can make a great difference. Please consider donating funds to us.(You may visit our Google group: https://groups.google.com/group/society-for-the-poor-and-distressed/topics?hl=en&start= , registration certificate attached)

We would be grateful to receive financial donations from you. We are working with other organizations. If you need further information or recommendations please contact us.

Yours Faithfully,

Collen Makumbirofa (Mr.)

Society for the Poor and Distressed

Dear Friend

Thank you for the time to read my email and your great desire to help others in needy. l am Mr. Collen Makumbirofa (age 33) from Zimbabwe and l am living in South Africa for the past five years after l fled political persecutions from our government.
l am a writer, journalist, and human rights activist. l write news articles and political comments.
My organization is Society for the Poor and Distressed (www.societyforthepoor.com- coming soon). Hope for the Refugees is the name of the project. Its aims are to help Zimbabwean refugees in South Africa. Zimbabwean refugees are suffering, starving and many homeless. There are no jobs in South Africa and my people face serious problems of poverty, xenophobia violence, deportations, and difficulties in getting permits.

So l want to assist them with food, clothes, advocacy some basic survival skills. l will be glad to work with you in assisting Zimbabweans. You can contribute in giving direct help to the people by handing over food parcels, clothes, doing some advocacy on Zimbabwean refugee rights in SA etc… and even doing some fundraising/material raising-clothes, books, food stuff etc..

l have been supported by South African organizations such as Frontline Fellowship, Christian Actions and lam also working towards developing a very good partnership with other powerful ministries like Methodist Church which is assisting thousands of Zimbabwean refugees with accommodation, money and other humanitarian needs.

l got your email on website (l don’t remember which one) after l thought of looking for overseas people who can support us in our quest to help our fellow brothers and sister’s in needy. l wait to hear from you.

Thank you. God bless.

Collen Makumbirofa
Society for the Poor and Distresed
Cell 0027 7111 75405”


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