A fraudelent system of making money which needs an endless stream of recruits You pay a relatively small amount of money to a few people above you, with the expectation that later, very large numbers of people will be making similar payments to you. " Last one in is a rotten egg!"
Pyramid Schemes As the pyramid grows below you, here's what supposedly happens: The first level below you has ten people. They each send you a dollar, so you collect $10. The next level has a hundred people. (Each of your first ten gets ten more.) You collect $100. The next level has a thousand people. You collect $1,000. The next level has 10,000 people, so you collect $10,000. The next level has 100,000 people, so you collect $100,000. The next level has 1,000,000 people, so you collect $1,000,000. At this point, your name drops off the list, and you collect no more
How it works The recruiter explains the “amazing moneymaking potential” A recruit is asked to give a sum of money to a recruiter The recruit then becomes the recruiter, enlisting 10 more people and getting money from them using the same pitch
Also... They’ll tell you its not a pyramid scheme “You’re not joining a pyramid scheme, you are joining an investment club!” –I’ll give it a nice name like the freedom investment club or something
Also... I’ll reassure you that the club is approved by the IRS, and run by a CPA...etc. I’ll tell you anything you want to get you to give me your money. I’ll tell you that you are getting in early
You must have to be really dumb to get involved in a pyramid scheme right? Wrong!
Named after Italian immigrant Charles Ponzi Ponzi scammed millions out of people with his scheme in the 20’s “Robbing Peter to pay Paul” He scammed people put of $9.5 million -- in 1920! (he spent 11 years in jail)
How Ponzis Work A Ponzi scheme is an investment scheme in which returns are paid to earlier investors… out of money paid into the scheme by newer investors
How Ponzis Work Collecting money from new participants and using this money to pay off promised returns to earlier participants Eventually when he gets enough money, he takes off
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CHAIN LETTERS The recruiter sends letters(or e-mails) to people with a list of names on it, including his at the top. He instructs you to send money to people whose names are on the list, then add your name to the list. May be accompanied by inspiring stories, superstitions, etc.
CHAIN LETTERS Are also very popular in e-mail form Here’s a couple more gems from my personal collection.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS Have you ever been scammed? What can you do to protect yourself from these types of scams? What makes people become victims? –GREED? –IGNORANCE? –WISHFUL THINKING?
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS Risk and Reward are _______________ related. Why does knowing this help us out when it comes to scams?
COMMON SCAMS from FBI.GOV Common Fraud Scams Telemarketing Fraud Nigerian Letter or “419” Fraud Identity Theft Advance Fee Schemes Health Care Fraud/Health Insurance Fraud Redemption/Strawman/Bond Fraud Investment-Related Scams Letter of Credit Fraud Prime Bank Note Fraud Ponzi Schemes Pyramid Schemes Internet Scams Internet Auction Fraud Non-Delivery of Merchandise Credit Card Fraud Investment Fraud Business Fraud Nigerian Letter or "419" Fraud Fraud Target: Senior Citizens Health Care Fraud/Health Insurance Fraud Counterfeit Prescription Drugs Funeral and Cemetery Fraud Fraudulent "Anti-Aging" Products Telemarketing Fraud Internet Fraud Investment Schemes Reverse Mortgage Scams
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