In the course of researching a story on the role of fraud in the financial crisis, I ended up speaking to James D. Ratley, who is the president of an organization called the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.
He talks to reporters a lot, he says, and he had a complaint. “We see a lot of missed opportunities.”
There was a particular flurry of media calls back when the the news first broke that Bernard Madoff had been running the biggest Ponzi scheme in history.
Radley said he spent a lot of time “trying to convince these reporters that there were thousands of other Ponzi schemes going on” – including right in their backyards.
“If you Google HYIP — high yield investment programs — you’ll come up with over a million hits. [More than 2.3 million, in fact.] A large number of those are Ponzi schemes,” he said.
So start Googling!