庞氏骗局投资者不知道欺诈行为，并承诺骗子快速轻松地获得回报. They become victims and believe recurring profits are from legitimate business activity while remaining unaware of the source of their profits.
Ponzi schemes endure for years as most investors continue recycling their profits for larger returns. Con artists lure more and more investors over time to keep the scheme going. Because recruitment for a Ponzi scheme is hard to keep going, they usually fall apart and are found out when scammers run out of money to pay their line of investors. Most of the time, investors do not see monetary recovery and can go bankrupt.
Ponzi schemes are sometimes referred to as ‘Peter-Paul’ scams as they are relatable to the expression ‘Steal from Peter to pay Paul.’
Are Ponzi schemes illegal?
Ponzi schemes are illegal white collar crimes and can include charges of money laundering, bank fraud, wire fraud, tax fraud, securities fraud, 和更多. Ponzi scheme charges can carry upward of 20-30 年在联邦监狱.