I've actually got scam spam via snail mail. My wife and I live in Canada, and we've received two letters from Spain, apparently with properly canceled 0.80 EUR stamps. Both letters are addressed to us personally, though it looks like whoever sent them probably harvested our name and address from a phone book.
The two letters are nearly identical, describing themselves as coming from a barrister in Spain. Apparently my distant relatives are filthy rich and dying like flies in Spain. One of them left $10M USD in chancery after a tragic death, while the other (in the second letter) had the good taste to leave $10M EUR in chancery when they met their inevitable end.
In both cases the pitch is that the barrister presents me as the legit heir, and we split the money. So, yeah, more or less your classic Nigerian email scam.
Except they mailed two of them to me with 0.80 EUR stamps. That's where it gets weird for me. Are enough people falling for this scam that the economics actually make sense through snail mail? Or is this some sort of psych experiment?
Beyond that, I thought a lot of countries had some fairly nasty laws with regards to "wire fraud" and the like. I know there's been some question as to how those laws apply to email, but the rules are pretty clear (and severe, IIRC) when it comes to physical mail.