Ponzi is a fraudulent method which works as a pyramid. In such schemes, profit is not made by successful economic investment, but by appealing to new investors and using their investment money to pay existing members. This is all very well and good while the system has a steady stream of new members investing into it but once a slow period is hit, the investments will stop coming in and the whole system will collapse. Sometimes the system organizers do not wait until this has happened and may just cease what they are doing and keep the money which had been invested. Often the investors do not become aware of this until they stop receiving their interest payments as promised.
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