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
"A useful work on business and personal privacy." (Library Journal)
"Captivating and useful." (Amazon.com)
It is hard to rank because it isn't a fiction book which makes it hard to follow, but there is a lot of information that can be very helpful. I got through it in parts. It took awhile, but it was worth it.
Hearing about the many ways crooks will try to scan you out of your money. Amazing.
I think the narrator did a good job with the information given. It is a really dry subject.
The questions that he asks in the back of the book. They help you to find out how venerable you are when it comes to fraud, scamming and your finances. Very helpful.
This book is worth listening to.
Say something about yourself!
Frank Abagnale was arguably the most successful con man in history, and all before he could vote. In this book he tells us how to avoid being conned. Very entertaining (you'll be shocked by what con men do) and very informative.
made me think about how m uch I trust others
there where no characters (non fiction)
I read this book after seeing the movie ("Catch me if you can") and the book was really enjoyable. It was a fascinating story, well written, and just a lot of fun to read.
I thought this was a lot of fun. Crooks are out there - and this "tricks of the trade" guide, disguised as a "protect your company" manual - was good listening.
A lot of emphasis is spent on check fraud in this book. As most people do not write checks anymore (I prefer electronic banking and my debit card), this does not have as much impact. However, I read "Stealing Your Life" by Frank Abagnale and it is a good update for more modern times.
Mr. Whitener's narration is very pleasing to the ear. I might have to check out other titles he has narrated.
The title of this review may be over the top, but it's how I feel. It's like going backstage behind a magic show, but this book is backstage to many forms of con games and other swindles. Forewarned is forearmed. I highly recommend it.
You have been warned.
"Interesting in parts, aimed at US readers"
Yes I would, even though a lot of the information is irrelevant to UK readers/listeners, he does tell a good story.
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.
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)!
Updated version for the 21st century? Should be made more relevant outside the US.
Good entertaining read.
"Bad Boy made good and shares valuable insights."
This book is clearly directed at an American audience yet there are useful ideas and important facts for everyone in our current culture of internet fraud, identity theft and credit card security. I, like many people, was fascinated by Frank W. Abagnale's precocious and illegal exploits as seen in the movie "Catch Me If You Can". This book tells you how easy that was for him, what happened after he was caught and what he made of his life since then. He tells you how unscrupulous con artists and thieves misrepresent themselves to perpetrate scams on ordinary people in their own homes, retail theft, credit card and cheque fraud, identity theft, and other misdemeanours and just how vulnerable the internet can make us. Its scary. He also tells you how you can make yourself less vulnerable and much of it is common sense. Well worth a listen.
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