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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

Critic Reviews

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

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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

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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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

A tad outdated, but still worth listening to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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Not hearing this will cost you money.

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.

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The Art of the Steal

Wonderful listen. Very, Very, Informative and entertaining. I fell a lot more informed as a consumer after this book.

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Very educational and entertaining

Extremely educational and interesting book. A must-read for anyone interested or concerned about identity theft, fraud, counterfeiting, etc.

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