A Scam Email with the Subject "please help me and my family letter from Mrs Maria Kuma read carefully" was received in one of Scamdex's honeypot email accounts on Wed, 23 Jul 2008 06:17:44 -0700 and has been classified as a Advance Fee Fraud/419 Scam. The sender was "MRS MARIA KUMA" <firstname.lastname@example.org>, although it may have been spoofed.
FROM: MRS. MARIA KUMA JOHANNESBURG SOUTH AFRICA PLEASE REPLY TO OUR FAMILY EMAIL email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org Dear Beloved, I am MRS. MARIA KUMA the wife of late MR KENNETH KUMA a rich farmer from ZIMBABWE, who was killed because of Zimbabwe presidential election politics. The ZANU-PF party veteran thugs came to my husband's farm estate attacked and killed him because he was using his 18seater mini-bus (VEHICLE) to convey/carry MDC party members to the polling centre during the two-day presidential-election in ZIMBABWE. That is why he lost his dear life and moreover they raped me and my daughter (ANNA KUMA) and drove us out of the farm estate. We went and took refuge in a neighbor’s house. It was this neighbor (Mr. MATTHEW) who went to Johannesburg, and got South African visa for us, so that we can go to South Africa for safety. Now, we are staying in JOHANNESBURG (SOUTH AFRICA) with my sister who is a Widow (MRS KOKO) and my son (MICHAEL KUMA). This land problem started when PRESIDENT ROBERT MUGABE introduced a new land reform act which affected all the white farmers and some few black of opposition party. Since then it has resulted into killings of farmers by violent mob, action groups called ZANU-PF VETERANS THUGS sponsored by the president against all the white farmers and opposition party. Before my husband's death he went to Johannesburg (South Africa) where he deposited the sum of USD21.5M (TWENTY ONE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS) under the custody of a private Security and Finance Company for safety. He did this because of the POLITICAL AND ECONOMICAL UNREST IN OUR COUNTRY ZIMBABWE. Again, I can't OPEN OR REGISTER any BUSINESS OR EVEN OPEN BANK ACCOUNT OR DO ANY BANK TRANSACTION IN SOUTH AFRICA because of my ASSYLUM STATUS as the law of SOUTH AFRICA DO NOT ALLOW ASSYLUM SEEKER TO DO BUSINESS OR OPEN BANK ACCOUNT. Because of this situation I took a decision to visit my church Lawyer in Johannesburg to seek for advice. He told me to look for a foreign partner that will help me and my family to claim as the beneficiary thereafter we will compensate him, during my search for a reliable person to assist the family I got your contact details via the SOUTH AFRICAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRIES (JOHANESSBURG). I therefore want you to visit me in South Africa to open an Investment account where this money will be lodged before onwards transfer into any of your nominated account for Investment or send me your full details so that I will go to the bank and do the transfer direct into your Bank account with the help of my Lawyer there after we will come over to your country for our family Investment. This assistance is risk free, be informed that I will entrust my future and that of my family into your able hands I pray you to be honest to me in this transaction. This money is intended to be used for any Investment in your Country of which you are going to be a guide to the entire family. Hence I have two options for you (1)To choose the percentage of the total money which you will take for assisting us. (2)To choose to go into partnership with the family for future proper profitable turnover. Whichever option you decides to choose please because of my illness kindly contact son (MICHAEL KUMA) via this our confidential family e-mail, and don’t fail to include your private phone and fax numbers for easier communication. For me I have taking decision to offer you 20%percent of the total money for your assistance, while 10%percent will be for any expenses that we might incur in this transaction. And 70%percent will be for my family Investment in your country.upon your request for telephone conversation i will give you my number . May God bless you as I wait to hear from you soon? Yours Faithfully. MRS. MARIA KUMA.