If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and sounds like a duck, it is probably a duck.

How easily some of us can be led to believe that what we are looking at is something other than what we see.

 The old saying about the duck has never been truer than in the recent collapse of Bernie Madoff’s empire. Billions were invested by many otherwise sensible people in the mistaken belief that one investment business could consistently outperform the market under all circumstances. 

Madoff conned people over an extended period, creating a “Ponzi” (to Australians, pyramid selling )scheme that became so big, and so successful at attracting new funds that most refused to believe it could be a Ponzi scheme

If it too good to be true, it usually is, irrespective of the hyperbole that may accompany it.