SINGAPORE – Salesmen who make offers that are too good to miss are part and parcel of our investment landscape, but people are still taken for a ride, as a housewife and her daughter know all too well.

The pair thought they had struck gold when they were given a special deal to buy a 5 per cent stake in a fitness-related company valued at $16 million. They reckoned they had a sure-fire winner once they saw presentation slides that glowingly highlighted the rosy prospects of the business.