Five tips to avoid falling for a serious financial fraud

From Crossing Wall Street:

… Investors would do well to take a cold shower before forking over money to any proposal that appears too good to be true. Specifically, they should learn to recognize Ponzi schemes, of both the Waserdorf and the Bernie Madoff variety. These schemes have several tell-tale traits:

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They promise minimum or steady returns;
They claim their opportunities are exclusive, available only to a select few;
Their means of making money is too complicated or secret to explain…

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