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Catch Me if you Can. Written by Frank W. Abagnale With Stan Redding. born April 27, 1948 Grew up in New York City Now lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma Owns a fraud prevention firm Has written The Art of the Steal , Real U Guide To Identity Theft, Stealing Your Life . Protagonist. Frank Abagnale

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written by frank w abagnale with stan redding
Written by Frank W. AbagnaleWith Stan Redding
  • born April 27, 1948
  • Grew up in New York City
  • Now lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Owns a fraud prevention firm
  • Has written The Art of the Steal, Real U Guide To Identity Theft, Stealing Your Life.
  • Frank Abagnale
  • “you’re rooting for a man who would no sooner look at you than see your face as a giant lollipop with the word ‘sucker’ printed on it. And why not? After all, these days, a criminal this good is hard to find.”Entertainment weekly
  • O’reilly is the FBI agent that is constantly trying to catch frank.
favorite character
Favorite Character
  • Frank W Abagnale Jr
  • He pretended to be eight different people
  • Wrote cashed over $2.5 million in bad checks
  • Visited over twenty five countries
  • All before he was twenty one.
least favorite character
Least favorite character
  • Paulette Abagnale
  • Forced frank to go to catholic boarding school
  • Divorced Frank abagnal sr because they were becoming poor.
  • He was the 3rd of four children. His parents names were Frank, and Paulette
  • He lived in Bronxville, New York with both parents until he was twelve.
  • Once his parents divorced he was the only kid who lived with his father.
  • Was sent to catholic boarding school after not paying the bill on his credit card
  • Lived with his dad until he was sixteen
rising action
Rising action
  • He runs away from home at age sixteen
  • Impersonates a co-pilot for Pan American airways
  • Writes and cashes over $2.5 million in bad checks
  • Visited over 26 countries
  • Pretended to be eight different people
  • Did all this before he was 21
  • He is finally caught by French Police and spends eight months in Perpignan Prison.
  • Then he was sent to Malmo Sweden where he spent six months.
  • Then he was expedited by a Swedish judge to the U.S.
  • Once in the U.S. he escaped twice and was finally caught in Montreal and sentenced to twelve years in federal prison in Virginia.
falling action
Falling action
  • Served Four years of the 72 he was sentenced to.
  • He was then granted parole
  • He then worked as a waiter, a pizza chef, grocery stocker, and a movie projectionist.
  • After being fired from every job he could get he got an idea.
  • He knew that he knew more about check forgery than probably anyone else.
  • He decided to put those skills to good use.
  • He now is a consultant to the FBI, and owns a secure documents and fraud prevention firm called Abagnale and associates.
  • Time- Period 1960’s
  • Place- Begins in New York city and then travels to nearly anywhere you could think of.
  • Nobody had really committed check fraud or identity theft on the scale he did until then.
  • Family Problems, Broken Home, Divorce
  • Greed, always wanting something better
  • The thrill or challenge of doing something illegal or wrong.
rating of the book
Rating of the book
  • On a scale of 1 to 10 I would give it an 8
  • Very entertaining
  • Well written
  • Not really a very clear message, just a lot of cool stories.
main social issue
Main social issue
  • Fraud-deceit, trickery, sharp practice, or breach of confidence, perpetrated for profit or to gain some unfair or dishonest advantage. (
  • There are many types of fraud including: Identity theft, telemarketing fraud, and pyramid schemes.
identity theft
Identity theft
  • “ I have actually never witnessed a crime in my entire career on both sides of the law that is so simplistic and so easy to do.” Frank W. Abagnal Jr
  • The crime of the century is identity theft. We have given away so much information that anyone anywhere can become anybody at anytime. (Abagnale)
identity theft1
Identity theft
  • “In my thirty-one years teaching at the FBI academy I have only seen crime get faster, easier, harder to detect, and committed from thousand of miles away where we don’t even have jurisdiction to go arrest the people who commit those crimes.” Frank W Abagnale Jr
  • The federal trade commission estimates that 9 million people per year are affected by identity theft just in the United states.

The federal trade commission estimates that 9 million people per year are affected by identity theft just in the United states.

  • Identity theft is one of if not the most prevalent of all the types of fraud.
  • In the same survey the found the estimated total dollars stolen and it was more than $53

While there are many legitimate companies that use the telephone for marketing, consumers and business lose millions of dollars to telemarketing fraud each year. It's sometimes hard to tell the difference between reputable telemarketers and criminals who use the phone to rob people.(

telemarketing fraud
Telemarketing fraud
  • Just like in frank abagnales time check fraud is a big problem.
  • It is the number one complaint for the last two years according to the national fraud information center.
  • The average victim lost over $3800.oo
  • Consumers paid with phony checks for work or items sold,
  • instructed to wire money back.
telemarketing fraud1
Telemarketing fraud
  • The most expensive average loss reported to the national fraud information center is $8,417.61
  • This is the average amount stolen when a lottery club Requests for payment to claim lottery winnings or get help to win, often foreign lotteries (

In June, hackers infiltrated the computers at Card Systems and stole as many as 40 millioncredit card numbers, the largest reported breach of personal data. ---Los Angeles Times, 2005

  • There are many ways to steal your information and almost no ways get it back once your identity has been stolen
  • It is the illegal copying of information from the magnetic strip of a credit or ATM card. The scammers try to steal your details so they can access your accounts. Once scammers have skimmed your card, they can create a fake or ‘cloned' card with your details on it. The scammer is then able to run up charges on your account. (

"Somebody might sit in a parking lot with a laptop for a while, or a BlackBerry, something that would collect via Bluetooth -- would download occasionally as people would come though and buy gasoline, collect their information."

  • Police say between the device at the 7-Eleven on 1300 East and the device found at the 7-Eleven on 9400 South, consumers lost more than $11,000 from criminals skimming their credit and debit cards. (Yi,Sandra 2010)
good ways to avoid getting skimmed
Good ways to avoid getting skimmed
  • shop assistant takes your card out of your sight in order to process your transaction.
  • You are asked to swipe your card through more than one machine.
  • You see a shop assistant swipe the card through a different machine to the one you used.
  • You notice something suspicious about the card slot on an ATM (e.g. an attached device).
  • You notice unusual or unauthorized transactions on your account or credit card statement.-Courtesy Australian Competition and Consumer Protection
  • “Silence is frauds best friend. Word of mouth is frauds worst enemy.”
  • An interesting point about fraud is that it is a crime in which you decide on whether to participate. Hanging up the phone or not responding to shady mailings or emails makes it difficult for the scammer to commit fraud. (
avoiding fraud
Avoiding fraud
  • As with most things if it looks to good to be true it most likely is. This is one of the key points the FBI makes in avoiding fraud.
  • According to the FBI we give out so much information about ourselves that it is almost impossible to prevent identity theft.

Some tips the FBI gives to avoiding fraud:

  • Never give your credit card number over the telephone unless you make the call.
  • Report unauthorized financial transactions to your bank, credit card company, and the police as soon as you detect them.
  • Don't pay for a "free prize." If a caller tells you the payment is for taxes, he or she is violating federal law.
always report fraud
Always report fraud
  • If nobody reports that they were scammed the proper authorities will never know it happened and never look for that person.
  • It is next to impossible to track someone who committed cyber fraud, so always report it.
  • Learn about current schemes that at are out there then you will be better prepared to recognize and avoid them.