You Can't Cheat an Honest Man: How Ponzi Schemes and Pyramid Frauds Work and why They're More Common Than Ever
This book takes an investigative look at the reasons why Ponzi schemes and pyramid frauds are thriving today. It closely examines why over 100,000 Americans are suckered into the schemes every year. Using dozens of memorable case studies, from Charles Ponzi's original scam in the 1920s to the elaborate New Era philanthropy fraud of the 1990s, the book scrutinizes the mechanics behind these deceptive plots. It considers the underlying factors, financial and psychological, that pump life into the scams. It also takes a close look at regulatory rules and other legal issues. Most importantly, it describes the modern variations that perpetrators and swindlers use to sell their schemes. Tips are offered to detect schemes and respond when they occur. The book aims to educate consumers and make them aware of how financial scams work.--From publisher description.
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Page 6 - ... They were all of one class, actuated by the same purpose to save themselves from the effect of Ponzi's insolvency. Whether they sought to rescind, or sought to get their money as by the terms of the contract, they were, in their inability to identify their payments, creditors, and nothing more. It is a case the circumstances of which call strongly for the principle that equality is equity, and this is the spirit of the bankrupt law.