Answer: A Ponzi scheme is a phony investment plan where investors are promised high rates of returns on their investment but no real legitimate business operations exist to generate profits or earnings. Instead, early investors are paid from funds put into the scheme by later investors. When the promoter of the scheme can no longer attract new investor money to pay early investors (or he has stolen investor funds to fund his own lifestyle) the scheme collapses.
Ponzi schemes derive their name from criminal financier Charles Ponzi who is credited with creating this fraud back in the 1920s. Charles Ponzi duped thousands of investors through a postage stamp speculation scheme. Ponzi promised to pay investors a 50% return on their investments within 90 days. Ponzi had no legitimate business or investment opportunity in place to generate earnings and used incoming funds from new investors to pay off earlier investors.
Some warning signs associated with Ponzi schemes are:
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J. Michael Bishop, JD
Smiley Bishop & Porter, LLP
Atlanta, GA 30338
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