How was Bernard Madoff able to trick so many investors with his Ponzi scheme?

For many people, the name Bernard Madoff has become synonymous with Ponzi scheme. His $65 billion investment scam shook investors, as his highly orchestrated scam started unraveling. Some investigators believe that Madoff’s fraudulent activities started decades ago. Madoff is currently serving 150 years in prison. Many of his former investors are still trying to recover their losses.

Supposedly, Madoff was able to trick investors by making his portfolios resemble the returns of the S&P 500. Unlike the common Ponzi schemes, which pay investors high returns, Madoff’s scam paid smaller amounts. This tactic, along with the fact that Madoff was on top of paperwork and his investors believed they could withdraw their money at any time, allowed him to avoid suspicion.

If you have lost money due to a Ponzi scheme, an investment fraud lawyer from our firm may be able to help. For more information, contact us by calling toll-free (888) 390-6491 or filling out our online form. The case evaluation is free.

You can also learn more about recovering losses after a Ponzi scheme by watching Attorney Dave Meyer’s video below or read his article for the American Bar Association.