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    Carter*, Small business owner

    “I thought I had latched onto the next big thing that was going to save the planet and make me a million bucks. ....I was prepared to dump a lot more money into this investment. It’s a good thing that it was caught...”

    *To protect privacy, all names have been changed

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    Alex*, Retired firefighter

    “He was folksy, he was down-to-earth, in the basement of his house with his wife upstairs, always had coffee and doughnuts, pictures of him and his family on the wall. We thought we had done our due diligence but, of course, in hindsight, you realize that, no.”

    *To protect privacy, all names have been changed

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    Anita*, Realtor

    “You hear all the time, if it’s too good to be true, it is. Not probably is, is. Period.”

    *To protect privacy, all names have been changed

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    Sam*, Technology executive

    “I probably won’t retire in my lifetime.”

    *To protect privacy, all names have been changed

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    William*, Healthcare professional

    “My wife and I lost our nest egg. But I guess we’re lucky, we can try to make it back. My in-laws lost their entire retirement savings. And all to someone they were friends with for 50 years.”

    *To protect privacy, all names have been changed

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