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Ah, it'll never happen to me

You know, you just can't make stuff like this up: In New York's borough of Queens last week, restaurant co-owner Josephine Napolitano and her husband were watching one of those funniest-moments-caught-on-videotape TV shows when it turned to the tale of a man who'd become stuck in the chimney of a building he intended to burgle. Not long afterward, the Napolitanos' telephone rang. The police were calling because a would-be thief was wedged in the chimney of - yes - their eatery. He had to be freed with drills and a jackhammer. Alas for him, the cash register is left empty after closing. And the chimney leads only to the cellar.

So who's cheating whom?

Then there's the case in Vietnam's An Giang Province of a swindler who conned three men into paying $64,000 for a fake lump of black bronze - a metal that, when authentic, is used in high-end jewelry and objets d'art. Now, everyone involved is on trial for fraud. But why the buyers? Because their cash proved to be counterfeit.

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