I was recently appalled to find out that scientology's take is a small fraction of that estimated per year by fraud scams law enforcement classes under the collective name of "West African."
Here is a fine example of one I got this morning. Since it mentions Bill Gates, Microsoft security got a copy too.
From: MRS SUSAN JEFFERSON <email@example.com>
To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: CRYSTAL LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL
Date: Sat, 01 Feb 2003 16:33:10 +0100
CRYSTAL LOTTERY INTERNATIONAL
Ref. Number: 132/756/4007
Batch Number: 538901527-BB67
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Lottery Winners International programs held on the 15th January, 2003. Your e-mail address attached to ticket number 27511465896-6410 with serial number 3772-510 drew lucky numbers 7-14-88-23-31-45 which consequently won in the 1st category, you have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay of US$ 1,000,000.00 (One Million United States Dollars) CONGRATULATIONS!!! Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your winning information confidential until your claims has been processed and your money Remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants. All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from over 20,000 company and 30,000,000 individual email addresses and names from all over the world. This promotional program takes place every three year. This lottery was promoted and sponsored by Bill Gates, President of the World Largest software, we hope with part of your winning you will take part in our next year USD50 million international lottery. To file for your claim, please contact our fiducial agent MRS.SUSAN JEFFERSON of the,CrystalTrust Agency TEL:31-617624571 FAX:31-617624571 Email: email@example.com Remember, all winning must be claimed not later than 15th of March 2003. After this date all unclaimed funds will be included in the next stake. Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications please remember to quote your reference number and batch numbers in all correspondence. Furthermore, should there be any change of address do inform our agent as soon as possible. Congratulations once more from our members of staff and thank you for being part of our promotional program. Note: Anybody under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified. Sincerely yours, Mrs. Betty Claudia Lottery Coordinator