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The Art of the Steal | [Frank W. Abagnale]

The Art of the Steal

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"A useful work on business and personal privacy." (Library Journal)
"Captivating and useful." (Amazon.com)

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    Dann Los Angeles, CA, United States 07-20-15
    Dann Los Angeles, CA, United States 07-20-15 Member Since 2009

    My preference for a good story is something totally unusual and not run of the mill stuff. Give me something I haven't heard before.

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    "Liked it ..."

    Some really good info on how not to get duped. This needs an update to current technologies. How not to get swindled, we are all vulnerable to the cunnings of the master manipulators of the world, even the rich and famous. While we all look forward these people sneak in the back doors of, what we think is our security. They steal our ground and replace it with a false bottom without us knowing it.

    This book shows us how the thieves do it. But it's up to us to recognize when we're being taken for a ride. For most, that's too often. Read this and you might be able to see some of the intruders into, what you thought was your secure life.

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    Michael 03-09-15
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    "The missing sequel to Catch Me If You Can"

    The first few chapters pick up where the author left off at the end of Catch Me If You Can. It gives a satisfying conclusion that was lacking in the other book. Well worth buying for that alone! The rest of the information is also good and worth a listen.

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    John M. Patterson 01-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "extremely boring"

    extremely boring and disappointing. the first two books were great but this one was a complete fail

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    Jennifer Leah Emery Fontana, CA United States 08-01-14
    Jennifer Leah Emery Fontana, CA United States 08-01-14
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    "So insightful about finances and fraud!"
    Where does The Art of the Steal rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    Hearing about the many ways crooks will try to scan you out of your money. Amazing.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I think the narrator did a good job with the information given. It is a really dry subject.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is worth listening to.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DS 03-16-13
    DS 03-16-13 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "AN ENTERTAINING CAUTIONARY TALE"

    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.

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    Hartwig 04-16-12
    Hartwig 04-16-12
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    "How we create crooks"
    What did you love best about The Art of the Steal?

    made me think about how m uch I trust others


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    too soon


    Which character – as performed by Barrett Whitener – was your favorite?

    there where no characters (non fiction)


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

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    Any additional comments?

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    SoCal Walker Irvine, CA 08-24-11
    SoCal Walker Irvine, CA 08-24-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Really fun nonfiction."

    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.

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    Freebie South Orange, NJ, United States 11-02-10
    Freebie South Orange, NJ, United States 11-02-10
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    "Greed Is Good"

    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.

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    jack 10-31-10
    jack 10-31-10 Listener Since 2010
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    "GOOD STUFF!!!!!!"

    very informative. CAUTION - may cause paranoia to set in. but all in all read very well. makes you want to watch the movie again

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    Harry San Antonio, TX, USA 06-11-10
    Harry San Antonio, TX, USA 06-11-10
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    "A tad outdated, but still worth listening to"

    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.

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