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Self-confessed con artist gives tips to avoid scams

Self-confessed con artist gives tips to avoid scams

Jen French
June 21, 2018 10:18 PM

Albuquerque, N.M. (Jen French) - It’s not often that the bad guys are willing to share their tactics and reveal who they target. After evading capture for years, former self-confessed con artist Frank Abagnale divulged some of his secrets to New Mexico seniors Thursday.

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Abagnale’s story is so bizarre, it was on the big screen. The movie Catch Me if You Can—starring Leonardo DiCaprio—isn’t just a tall tale. It based off of Abagnale in the 1960s when, as a teenager, he impersonated a pilot, a physician, and an attorney and cashed millions in fraudulent checks.

"I think that being an adolescent I had no fear of being caught,” Abagnale said. “I had no fear of consequences."

After serving time behind bars, Abagnale no longer swindles strangers. He eventually used his knowledge to help the FBI.

Now, Abagnale is holding seminars. Fran A-Hern Smith attended his seminar Thursday at the Hispanic Cultural Center.

Whether on a dating site, an online selling board or over the phone, Abagnale said con artists first gain someone’s trust. Then, they demand money.

Abagnale biggest warning is that people never disclose their personal information.

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