Carbon credit scams have been the commodity of choice for fraudsters in recent times. With boiler room scams ever prevalent and prosecutions few there are other options for an investment victim to consider. 

In some situations these companies can be placed into liquidation and the directors pursued personally.  The director or a third party involved may be bankrupted and have their lavish lifestyle quashed. These actions may in turn result in a dividend being paid to creditors. 

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