The residents of Haiti became victims of Ponzi schemers in 2001 when outfits referred to as “cooperatives” were offering rates up to 15%. The cooperatives gave the impression that they were government backed. They were quick to become rampant amongst inhabitants. Individuals also felt comfortable since the coops were actively promoted through radio and TV advertisements. Even Haitian pop stars were spokespeople! Unfortunately, it is estimated that residents lost more than $240 million in these scams, which is comparable to 50% of Haiti’s Gross Domestic Product.