A Ponzi is any scheme which pays interest to "Investors" from Bitcoin coming in from new Investors. ADue diligence is your own responsibility.
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Here’s the psychology behind the typical ponzi’s & HYIP's run by the “professional” scammers. They know most people will do this.
You deposit a small amount, you want to be cautious, you can’t quite figure out how they do this – but they sometimes double it (or pay promised interest) and pay you.
You think – Ah that’s great, so you either redeposit the entire amount, or just your profit. You get that back and think wow, it works, so then you deposit a much larger amount and in the worst case, even get your friends and family involved in this wonderful money making scheme.
Then one day, after not long it just doesn’t get returned – there is some issue with your account, or your withdrawal is stuck or something similar, so you keep emailing the site and gradually it dawns on you that you’ve been scammed. Commonly the scammer will even show you the transaction, but it just isn't real.
Even if you just put your initial profits back in, the conman hasn’t lost anything – and the depositors who think they are ‘playing’ the ponzi, by getting in early, do try that, and most of them don’t get it back either.
People who run Ponzi's are thieves. Some people empty their life savings into these scams, and they are the ones the scammers are really after. Once they get that big depositor, they move on and create a new ponzi, just leaving the old one alive for a while to mop up any new ‘mugs’ Some even return after a 3 or 6 month absence to catch a fresh load of hits, they will never run out of victims. It’s what they do, and they are experts at it.