If you have proof of financial crime -- corporate malfeasance or tax evasion, say -- you shouldn't keep it to yourself: Rewards for whistleblowers can reach as high as 15 to 30 percent of the money recovered by the government. Read on for some recent examples of richly rewarded whistleblowing, as well as tips for anyone thinking of blowing the whistle.
Enron may be the most infamous, but it's just one of many instances of financial chicanery in recent corporate history. Examples of such shenanigans are rich, ripe, and recurring, right up to the present. Learning to spot potential black holes -- which we'll help you do in this series -- will allow you to avoid bad investments and purge your portfolio of ticking time bombs.
Watch out, governments and massive corporations: The Internet and social media have broken your stranglehold on power. I'm not talking about the revolutions abroad. I'm talking about a corporate dirty tricks scandal that's been exposed in the U.S.