California investors who want to make a great deal of money may be enticed to enter into a Ponzi scheme. These schemes are both highly illegal and can result in heavy fines or even jail time for those who participate in them. Ponzi schemes are classified as white-collar crimes.
How do Ponzi schemes work?
This type of white-collar crime works by generating returns for older investors at the cost of the new investors. Also referred to as a pyramid scheme, this type of investment fraud promises to pay those who participate a large profit at very minimal risk. To be successful, a Ponzi scheme must actively bring in new investors to establish a constant flow of returns. When new investors stop coming in, the money dries up for all investors.
Red flags that can indicate a Ponzi scheme
While Ponzi schemes are highly illegal due to the fraudulent nature of how their system works, swindlers still try to con people with them today. As an active investor, it’s important to always pay attention to any red flags that indicate you may be dealing with a Ponzi scheme.
One major red flag is that you’re told the investment strategies are to be kept private, or they’re too complex to be explained to you. Another red flag would be if you’re not allowed to view any official paperwork regarding your investment funds. Lastly, if you’re offered an investment with minimal risk but high returns, it’s likely a scam.
Ponzi schemes have swindled many people out of their life savings. This illegal business scheme has been outlawed. However, some swindlers are still trying to get people to fall victim to it. If you believe that you may have been the victim of a Ponzi scheme, it’s vital that you seek legal assistance to help get the compensation that you deserve.