Well my wife got one that originated from one Anthony de Croud. This included the, ahem, lines,
"In 1967, Bruno received this letter, scoffed at it and did not forward it. Several days later, his son fell ill. He found the letter and forwarded 20 copies. Nine days letter his son recovered".
Which resulted in her firing this little missive to the unfortunate that sent it to her in the first place.
NEVER EVER send this again or anything like it. The sentiment of money not making you fortunate is fine, BUT the message behind it that you will only get luck (and apparently wealth which is surely not the point) if you send it on and the other rather hidden message that you will reccieve BAD luck if you don't really really angers me. If you watched the slide show you will have noticed that 'Bruno' apparently laughed at the letter and discarded it and then his son got sick!!!! Don't send me anything with hidden threats, ever, it makes me so angry: to suggest if I do not send on this letter one of my children may get sick as a consequence is DISGUSTING. Anthony de Croud is a blithering idiot, not only am I discarding his email in the trash, and writing this letter reply all to let you know how angry I am, I shall next track down the idiot on the internet and send him a piece of my mind. By all means pass good wishes onto a friend by email, BUT NEVER EVER link their fortune or misfortune such as the health of their children to such a missive. There are many vulnerable people out there who believe these things and it is wrong.
I was rather proud of her for that.
It appears that the letter has been doing the rounds.