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In his celebrated best seller Catch Me If You Can, Frank Abagnale recounted his youthful career as a master imposter and forger. 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 to businesses on preventing financial foul play - while revealing to listeners how they can identify and outsmart perpetrators of fraud. 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. In fact, Frank Abagnale has discovered that punishment for fraud, much less recovery of stolen funds, is a rare occurrence. Prevention is the best form of protection. Drawn from his early years of experience as an ingenious con artist (whose check scams alone mounted to more than two million dollars in stolen funds) and his 25-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.
©2001 Frank Abagnale, Jr. (P)2001 Blackstone Audiobooks
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"A useful work on business and personal privacy." (Library Journal) "Captivating and useful." (
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By Barbara on 12-02-03

Financial fraud was never so interesting

I've changed some key things I do because of this book. I bought a shredder. I don't carry my social security card. Those seem obvious, but if you want to know why you should never, EVER toss out your ATM receipts anywhere near your ATM, listen to this book. The financial frauds are astounding, not only on the corporate scale, but also on the personal scale. Sprinkled liberally with his own brand of humor and stories from his own colorful past, he makes a potentially dry subject not only interesting, but downright entertaining.

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By Allen on 08-20-03

Protect Yourself - Listen to this book.

Again, Mr. Abagnale regales us with some of the best and relevent material I have heard on Audible. (See 'Catch Me If You Can') This book will open your eyes to how crooks go about their business and the not-common-enough sense ways you might discourage them. It covers such ordinary scams as the 'short change scam' (I had to listen to this several times before I got it) to identity theft and online crime. Should be required listening for anyone who engages in ecommerce.

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By Ryan Law on 05-06-17

Fantastic read

Read it practically in one sitting. Narration is fantastic and the occasional mention of Franks past spices it up nicely.
I did read it at 1.45 speed comfortably though so the narrator maybe talks quite slow but well worth getting.

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By Maid Marian on 01-22-15

Interesting in parts, aimed at US readers

Would you try another book written by Frank W. Abagnale or narrated by Barrett Whitener?

Yes I would, even though a lot of the information is irrelevant to UK readers/listeners, he does tell a good story.

If you’ve listened to books by Frank W. Abagnale before, how does this one compare?

Not quite as entertaining. There was a very long section on the American 'checking' system (cheques to us in the UK) which bored me rigid. Quite a lot of it was out-of-date.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The section on various scams, which don't rely on technology and are relevant today. The one about the 'short change ' scam was mathematically challenging and I can see why it works (although I hasten to add, I shan't be trying it)!

Do you think The Art of the Steal needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Updated version for the 21st century? Should be made more relevant outside the US.

Any additional comments?

Good entertaining read.

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By Mark W on 10-07-17

Enjoyable & informative

An enjoyable and informative guide to all kinds of scams, the book ends on the future of scamming which is very interesting.

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