From the Feb 11/2012 edition of the Taipei Times:
A man was taken into custody for allegedly swindling millions of New Taiwan dollars by selling Sesame Street dolls and other items which he said had “magic powers,” police said yesterday. The suspect, identified by his surname, Lin (林), was accused of conning about NT$3 million (US$101,000) from a businessman with products including an Elmo doll, a Sesame Street muppet, which he reportedly said was “holy” and could bring luck, the police said [Emphasis added].
Police were said to be astounded that a businessman of any acumen could be taken by such a transparent fraud.
(Since it is by now an established fact that there is no god but Snuffleupagus...and Big Bird is his Prophet.)