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Frank Abagnale

Renowned cybersecurity and fraud prevention expert, bestselling author and subject of Catch Me If You Can, and Keynote Speaker


Frank Abagnale is one of the world’s most respected authorities on forgery, embezzlement, and secure documents. For over 40 years he has worked with, advised, and consulted with hundreds of financial institutions, corporations and government agencies around the world. Mr. Abagnale’s rare blend of knowledge and expertise began more than 50 years ago when he was known as one of the world’s most famous con men. His riveting story provided the inspiration for Steven Spielberg’s 2002 film, Catch Me If You Can.

Mr. Abagnale has been associated with the FBI for over 40 years. He is a faculty member at the National Advocacy Center (NAC) which is operated by the Department of Justice, Executive Office for United States Attorneys. More than 14,000 financial institutions, corporations and law enforcement agencies use his fraud prevention programs. In 1998, he was selected as a distinguished member of “Pinnacle 400” by CNN Financial News.  In 2004, Mr. Abagnale was selected as the spokesperson for the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) and the National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA).  He has also written numerous books including The Art of the Steal, The Real U Guide to Identity Theft and Stealing Your Life.

Mr. Abagnale refuses to accept payment for any of his government work.  Mr. Abagnale works as an advisor to a number of print and technology companies around the world.  He spent 20 years as an advisor to the Standard Register Company, creating security features for negotiable instruments, car titles, etc.   He spent 10 years as an advisor to the 41st Parameter which developed fraud detection technology, now used in 80 countries around the world and recently purchased by Experian. 

In his latest book, Scam Me If You Can: Simple Strategies to Outsmart Today’s Ripoff Artists, Frank continues helping his audience by revealing what the world’s most skilled scammers are up to – and how you can stop them in their tracks.


Art of the Steal

Monday, August 22 | 8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Cyberspace has spawned a skyrocketing number of ways to commit crime — much of it untraceable. Frank Abagnale shows how to identify and outsmart perpetrators of fraud, delving deeper into business topics including check forgery and the identification and prevention of other kinds of fraud. Abagnale reveals that punishment for committing fraud, much less recovery of stolen funds, seldom happens: Prevention is the best form of protection. In this keynote, Abagnale shows how to ultimately defend yourself and your business against even the craftiest crooks.

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