And sometimes it's the simplest of scams that pull in the most money and victims.
Pyramid schemes are perhaps the best known. They work on the premise that each person has to bring in at least two more paying participants, who in turn must bring in two more -- and so on until the whole thing collapses.
The lure is always that you can make a lot of money, fast -- but that's usually only true for the perpetrator of the scheme.
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