Charles Ponzi is infamous for scamming people. It is for this reason that fake schemes are often named after him. Ponzi would collect money from individuals in the name of investing in his own business. He would then pay investors high interest payments using the money obtained from new investors.
This type of investment fraud was one of the first and possibly due to its simplicity soon gained immense popularity with scammers.
Today, there are many variations of the Ponzi schemes, but they can be pretty hard to identify. Many people have fallen victim to these financial entrapments. The schemes lead to huge financial losses to the unsuspecting interested investors.
This makes it very important to be skeptical about any investment opportunity that is being sold to you. This should include anything that a family member or friend is trying to get you into. When you are cautious enough to conduct a research, you will be sure about what exactly you are betting your money on. A few steps can help you in recognizing and avoiding a Ponzi scheme.