Ken Fisher's Debunkery – BUNK 11: A GOOD CON ARTIST IS HARD TO SPOT

The first thing Ken Fisher says in Bunk 11 you know. The rest Ken Fisher explains you likely don't. In December 2008, news hit of the world's all-time largest financial scam. Bernard Madoff scammed investors out of as much as $65 billion. There was, effectively, nothing left in the coffers when authorities rushed in. All gone! You saw the stories splashed across newspaper headlines and the nightly news.

Though Madoff was the biggest scamming rat by far, Ken Fisher notes that news quickly followed about other similar scams. Had Madoff not been first, Texas-born Antiguan knight "Sir" R. Allen Stanford's (alleged) Ponzi scheme would have been the biggest ever. His was merely $8 billion. The SEC charges it was a pyramid scheme — nothing more. Stanford had even been a repeat member of the Forbes 400 with what in reality was an illusory net worth. Unlike Madoff, who confessed, Stanford has denied all allegations, been charged, and awaits trial — but it doesn't look good for him, Ken Fisher points out. The evidence against him appears beyond overwhelming.

Through 2009 and into 2010, more news about other, though smaller, scams broke — a seemingly endless stream. But for the victims, Ken Fisher explains, it doesn't matter if the con artists scammed a big sum or small. If he stole from you, your loss was, in most cases, total.

Also endlessly, media, investors, and authorities asked, "How did this happen? How could this happen?"

To find out more read Bunk 11 in Ken Fisher's Debunkery.

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