Investment fraud

Investment fraud during the start-up phase is not currently punishable under Swiss criminal law in the absence of specific asset loss.


Investment fraud is a specific form of fraud in which the fraudster usually persuades a multitude of victims to make an investment against the promise of high profits. Investment fraud is not a matter of an adviser error but rather a criminal scam (planned action; tissue of lies; inscrutable plot) aimed at defrauding unsuspecting investors.

In this chapter you get the following information:

  1. Adviser error or investment fraud?
  2. Difficulty
  3. Civil or criminal proceedings?
  4. Civil law
  5. Criminal law
  6. Enforcement
  7. Investor pool

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