The in-plane and out-of-plane magnetoresistance of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+cursive Greek chi single crystals was investigated in magnetic fields of 12 T, oriented parallel to the c axes. Crystals with different carrier concentrations, corresponding to the underdoped, optimally doped, and overdoped region of the phase diagram of high-temperature superconductors, were prepared by variation of the oxygen content. Above the critical temperature, the magnetoresistance is positive for in-plane and negative for out-of-plane currents in all samples. With recent theories for superconducting order-parameter fluctuations, the in-plane magnetoresistance can be described well for all samples. Only the out-of-plane magnetoresistance of the underdoped crystal shows distinct deviations from the theoretical predictions and appears to be influenced by the 'pseudo-gap'.