Being that Ponzi Schemes can take the form of any kind of investment, Ponzi schemes can be hard to spot. However, if you know what to look for and you’re careful, you should be able to avoid them, at least the ‘smooth operators’. Here are ways to know;
Don’t let anyone pressure you into an investment. If you feel you’re being pressured, that’s all the more reason to suspect that something’s awry. Take your time in making your investment decisions.
You’ve probably heard this piece of advice before, but it never hurts to repeat it — if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. For the victims of Allen Stanford’s Ponzi scheme, that old adage certainly turned out to be correct. When you’re approached with an opportunity that seems unbelievably amazing, you should be highly suspicious. Investigate it as much as you can before you fork over any funds.
If you do enter an investment, carefully examine what information the company provides. A suspicious lack of details should be a red flag. Even when there’s info, try and observe the tone.
Same Percentage Rate Of ROI:
Genuine investments often fluctuate, because market prices pushes them back and forth. Any investment that rests on same percentage rate of Returns On Investment (ROI), does not last for long.
If Ponzi schemes are sure to collapse, why do scammers continue to try them? Extremely skilled schemers have been able to sustain their charade for decades — and if the schemer can keep it going until he or she dies, that’s considered a success. Other perpetrators assume they can pick up and go straight by making honest investments with no one the wiser.