Today I received an email from a person in "critical health condition" who wants to give me about $10 million. It is clearly some kind of scam. What should I do with the email besides not replying? Is there an organization I can report the spam to? Perhaps some kind of international spam-fighting organization or a global spam research database?

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    Use spamcop.net (a service provided by Cisco) to report that spam mail. Spamcop tries to identify the mail origin based on the mail headers and sends an abuse report to the network operator of the source network.
    – jnsp
    Jul 3, 2020 at 6:20

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There are national agencies handling scam, fraud & phishing reports (e.g. USA, UK).

However, this inheritance scam is an example of advance-fee scams including 419 scam, Nigerian prince scam and many other. The email you got is following a so well known pattern that reporting it wouldn't really increase any information on the subject. Scams like this have been around long before email, e.g. The Spanish Prisoner from 1910. From this perspective it might be better just delete it.

It might be useful to report the origin of the spam, though, as it could be a compromised system. Therefore, the owner of the abused system and the network operator should know about the situation. The correct party to contact can be found by investigating the Received headers of the message and looking for abuse contact information in the WHOIS database. As not everyone can interpret this information correctly, there are services for this, too, like the SpamCop.

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