The inheritance scam (MSN Money)

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This is similar to the smuggling scam. You receive an email saying you've inherited a load of cash from a hitherto unknown relative; just open a bank account and the funds will be sent your way.

What to do: Nice thought though it may be, the vast majority of us don't have filthy rich estranged family we've never heard of. Common sense should be enough to spot - and avoid - this particular type of email scam.

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