I've applied the same relentless attention to working on stopping fraud that I once applied to perpetuating fraud. I must confess that there is a certain amount of disingenuousness in a former conman essentially lecturing his fellow conmen on their misdeeds, and one must read the book with a grain of salt. Every time I went to the store and wrote a check, I would see two or three mistakes made on the part of the clerk or cashier, mistakes that a flimflam artist would take advantage of. Abagnale takes you deep inside the world and mind of the con artist, showing you just how he pulled off his scams and what you can do to avoid becoming the next victim. Vast percentage of the information is now obsolete due to the fact that the book was written 15 years ago.
Such pens are worse than useless because they give one a false sense of security - much better to be able to recognize the distinguishing characteristics of the different notes themselves. Anyway, with those caveats, this was a fascinating book and kept me well entertained on my daily commutes. The author also provides us with numerous examples of criminals groups and individuals using the schemes described within, victims of fraud businesses and individuals and various statistics. Frank Abagnale, former con artist and bestselling author of Catch Me If You Can, reveals While technology may make it easier to track down criminals, cyberspace has spawned a skyrocketing number of ways to commit crime, much of it untraceable. That information can all be obtained in one of his other books, so I was happy with just short outlines. Listen to the full audiobook The Art of the Steal for free at audilib.
Drawn from his twenty-five-year career on the other side of the law, The Art of the Steal provides eye-opening stories of true scams with tips on how they could have been avoided. In a certain sense, I'm still a con artist. Even though this book is 18 years old, the things in here will help you to protect your identity. I've been receiving offers of pre-approved credit cards and being asked personal information over the phone. The dust jacket for hard covers may not be included. Why, provide information on how to catch guys like him of course.
Although the book was published in 2002, and therefore predates many of the technological advances which have taken place in terms of the internet, his commentary on the possibilities and dangers of the future are fair warning for any who would care to listen. Much of the book is rather dry, consisting of common-sense advice to avoid these scams. The majority of this book then goes on to explain many different type Having just finished Catch Me If You Can, the autobiography of Frank Abagnale's early life as a con man, I decided to move immediately onto The Art of The Steal. In The Art of the Steal, Abagnale tells the remarkable story of how he parlayed his knowledge of cons and scams into a successful career as a consultant on preventing financial foul play--while showing you how to identify and outsmart perpetrators of fraud. Ever since I'd been released from prison, I'd often felt that if I directed this knowledge into the right channels, I could help people a great deal.
The stories Abagnale tells in The Art of the Steal provide fascinating glimpses of a criminal underworld. Luckily for the public, after serving his time in prison in three countries, Abagnale went straight, and has worked as a security consultant for law enforcement and private firms for the l Frank Abagnale is best known for being portrayed by Leonardo Dicaprio in Catch Me If You Can, the true story of how he defrauded millions of dollars while impersonating airline pilots, doctors, and lawyers, all before the age of 21. I've merely redirected the talents I've always possessed. The information in the book is dated with regards to technology and many criminals in different countries using the Internet for scams. Abagnale constantly emphasizes the importance of protecting yourself and, if you have one, your business. I've applied the same relentless attention to working on stopping fraud that I once applied to perpetuating fraud. Criminals take advantage of this.
In a certain sense, I'm still a con artist. I've merely redirected the talents I've always possessed. The DiCaprio reference is not as random as it might at first appear. We all hear of scams, and of identity theft, and assume it only happens to the other guy. Preachy, and to a large degree not applicable to many individuals, even many individuals in business. A large amount of the information is common sense in this day and age. An interesting book, very informative and easy to read.
Technology may have made it easier to track down criminals, but cyberspace has spawned a skyrocketing number of ways to commit crime--much of it untraceable. Always, always be cautious of whatever information you give out because it's no longer just your money they can steal, but your entire identit Not something to be passionate about, but it does help cultivate a sense of caution in a tech-savvy era when fraud no longer requires the artistic gait of a con-man, but is possible with the swipe of a card and a few taps on the phone. If we were able to do away with fraud for just two years, we'd erase the national debt and pay Social Security for the next one hundred years. Also, the narrator has great timing and a calm way about him when reading, which makes it relaxing, even though the content might have your stomach in a knot. White-collar crime is incredibly easy to commit, and isn't punished at near the same level as other crimes e. Overall The Art of the Steal is a quick and entertaining read, written in a straightforward and engaging style.
Technology may have made it easier to track down criminals, but cyberspace has spawned a skyrocketing number of ways to commit crime--much of it untraceable. And finally, you'll learn how to recognize a bogus check or a counterfeit bill, and why you shouldn't write your grocery list on a deposit slip. But nonetheless, it still makes for a fascinating listen or read. It's not that advice he gives isn't good. Possibly the simplest protection against office fraud is to insist that all employees take at least one week of vacation each year - it's difficult to maintain a complex scam if one isn't in the office regularly to maintain it! I enjoy Frank Abagnale's narration of his own book-he is quite a character. Who better to share what to watch out for than someone who himself managed to pull off feats of fraud as a young man? Numerous methods for securing email have been tried, but none have become popular.