Ponzi scheme

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Pon·zi scheme

A fraud disguised as an investment opportunity, in which initial investors and the perpetrators of the fraud are paid out of funds raised from later investors, and the later investors lose all funds invested.

[After Charles Ponzi (1882?-1949), Italian-born speculator who organized such a scheme (1919-1920).]
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Ponzi scheme

a fraudulent investment operation that pays quick returns to initial contributors using money from subsequent contributors rather than profit
[After Charles Ponzi, who famously perpetrated such a scheme in the United States of America in the early 20th century]
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