Scams: Flights of Fortune

Flights of Fortune

) Occultists have long proclaimed the mystical energies of Egypt's Great Pyramid. Now thousands are touting a pyramid again. This time, the draw is money. In Los Angeles and elsewhere, a new form of the long familiar pyramid game, called "Airplane," is luring investors with profits of up to $12,000 on a $1,500 ante -- if they can get on board soon enough. Participants buy into an eight-person "plane," then work their way up to "pilot," and bail out with cash. One Los Angeles player claims her profits flew to almost $50,000.

The downer is that a pyramid payoff requires an...