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    Charles Ponzi, famed for his money frauds in the 1920's

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    Charles Ponzi was an Italian businessman & con artist in the U.S. & Canada. He became known in the early 1920s as a swindler for his money making scheme. He promised clients a 50% profit within 45 days, or 100% profit within 90 days, by buying discounted postal reply coupons in other countries and redeeming them at face value in the United States. In reality he was paying early investors using the investments of later investors. This type of scheme is now known as a "Ponzi scheme".

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