You Can't Cheat an Honest Man

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The news is full of modern variations of the Ponzi scheme, which uses money from new investors to pay existing ones, setting up "levels" of investors to keep growing which always eventually collapse. This book uses case studies to suggest several explanations, plus helpful tips to detect Ponzi schemes and offers ways to respond. 380 pp.
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Overview

The news is full of modern variations of the Ponzi scheme, which uses money from new investors to pay existing ones, setting up "levels" of investors to keep growing which always eventually collapse. This book uses case studies to suggest several explanations, plus helpful tips to detect Ponzi schemes and offers ways to respond. 380 pp.
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Midwest Book Review
Some books deserve renewed attention and ongoing recommendation in light of modern events or contemporary concerns: James Walsh's You Can't Cheat An Honest Man: How Ponzi Schemes And Pyramid Frauds Work...And Why They're More Common Than Ever is one of them, focusing on how pyramid frauds work, why they're common, and how to avoid scams and cons. The scheme name may change but the scheme is the same: it involves case studies in greed and exploitation.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563431692
  • Publisher: Merritt Pub.
  • Publication date: 11/28/1998
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 337
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Some Background to the Current Situation 1
Pt. 1 How the Schemes Work
Ch. 1 The Mechanics Are Simple Enough 17
Ch. 2 Location, Location, Location ... Then the Money's Gone 29
Ch. 3 A Better Mousetrap Makes a Good Scam 39
Ch. 4 Paying First Class, Traveling Steerage 49
Ch. 5 1040-Ponzi 63
Ch. 6 Sure-thing Investments and Sweetheart Loans 73
Ch. 7 Precious Metals, Currency and Commodities 91
Ch. 8 Affinity Scams 105
Pt. 2 Why the Schemes Work
Ch. 9 Gullibility 121
Ch. 10 Greed 137
Ch. 11 Family Ties 147
Ch. 12 Secrecy and Privacy 163
Ch. 13 Loneliness, Fear and Desperation 177
Pt. 3 Contemporary Variations
Ch. 14 Multilevel Marketing 193
Ch. 15 Faith, Religion and New Age Gurus 213
Ch. 16 Charities and Not-for-profit Organizations 227
Ch. 17 www.ponzischeme.com 241
Pt. 4 What to Do if You've Been Scammed
Ch. 18 Make Friends with the Regulators 253
Ch. 19 Go After the People Who Got Money Out 267
Ch. 20 Go After the Lawyers and Accountants 283
Ch. 21 Go After Banks and Financiers 297
Ch. 22 Fight Like Hell in Bankruptcy Court 315
Conclusion: The Mother of All Ponzi Schemes 329
Index 341
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