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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks; Unabridged edition (Jan 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786195975
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786195978
  • Product Dimensions: 16.8 x 17.2 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Phimo on 13 April 2012
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I bought this after reading "Catch Me If You Can" and I found it hard to put down. It goes, in depth, into how fraudsters work and the various methods they use.

At times it seems that the author can't stop writing on a particular subject as he just keeps giving example after example of a particular fraud but, don't let that put you off as every example is relevant.

Frank Abagnale is so knowledgable and having been a con man, is fully qualified to write on the subject.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By N. E. Hargreaves on 18 Aug 2010
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I really enjoyed this book, I feel that it is aim at the US market more as cheques are on the way out in the Uk.
Frank sounds like a likable guy, that is if a con-artist can ever really be one!
Plenty of other helpful tips to stay safe.
Would recommend it, no typos that I could find and is fairly up-to-date on most of the subjects he covers

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Brilliant read, makes you wonder how safe your money is!! Can strongly recommend this book. Just sad that so much talent was put to criminal use.
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By Unkle77 on 17 April 2013
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A must read if your a fan of the catch me if you can movie, some good con stories from
other con artist.
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
From the horses mouth 24 July 2003
By Joseph S. - Published on
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The Art of the Steal by Frank W. Abagnale is a must have for anyone with money. Abagnale, recently of "Catch Me If You Can" movie fame, was one of the youngest and most successful con-men of our time. After serving time and leaving the dark side for good, Abagnale reformed into the anti-criminal. This book uncovers the world's most common scams and describes ways to prevent them. The key word here is prevention.
Among the frauds that Abagnale describes are: credit card fraud, check fraud, embezzlement, counterfeit fraud, ATM fraud, brand-name fraud, and for all of you reading this, Internet fraud. He also discusses Indentity theft as the most important fraudulent trend of the 21st century.
I particulary enjoyed the dry and often humorous tone of this book. It is so typical of Abagnale. If I had one complaint about the book it would be that there were not enough preventive measures discussed. I wanted more.
Did this book change the way I live my life? Absolutely. I have changed many of my practices to help prevent fraud in my daily dealings. A book that can motivate someone to do that, has to have value. When it comes down to preventing fraud, knowledge is key. I therefore recommend this book to all. May we become smarter, more aware, and minimize the impact of fraud in our lives.
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Introduction to Another World 23 Dec 2002
By A Customer - Published on
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Abagnale is enjoying recent publicity with the release of "Catch Me If You Can," and I caught an interview with him on TV. I wanted to read "The Art of The Steal" in part because of Abagnale's incredible life (or more accurately lives)and also because of my own research interests in criminal behavior, especially antisocial Internet behavior. The book is a great glimpse into the mind of an intelligent con man. There's always a loophole, an angle...Abagnale opens your eyes to them either for entertainment or for business/information security improvement.
At times it sounds like he is gloating about his cons, but that is a small price to pay to get his explanations about how some of these cons work. His outline of one cash register scheme was so incredible to me, I had to act it out with play money to my wife.
This is a short read, but a blast to someone who enjoys learning about how the other side works.
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
A former con man describes common frauds and scams. 24 Feb 2002
By E. Bukowsky - Published on
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Frank Abagnale gained notoriety in his youth as a master forger and imposter. He passed over two million dollars of phony checks and he pretended to be a doctor, a lawyer and an airline pilot during his successful crime spree. Abagnale described his misdeeds in his first book, "Catch Me If You Can." After years on the run, Abagnale was finally caught and he served prison time. Finally, he decided to give up his criminal ways and he is now making more money than he ever did as a criminal. For twenty-five years, Abagnale has been a "fraud prevention specialist." He helps businesses to recognize and prevent common types of fraud.
In his new book, "The Art of the Steal," Abagnale explains that fraud is big business and everyone is affected by it. The billions lost by businesses as a result of fraud are partially recovered by raising consumer prices. Fraud is more common today than ever before, with the growth of the Internet and other forms of modern technology. Today, it is easier than ever to print checks that look like the real thing and to create false identity papers. In addition to counterfeit money, counterfeit goods (including medicines and baby formulas) flood the market. Ponzi and pyramid schemes and other investment scams are still going strong.
Why is "The Art of the Steal" an important book for consumers and businessmen? Unfortunately, most people are complacent about security issues, and we don't take even the most obvious steps to protect ourselves from frauds and scams. Abagnale encourages us to be more careful about giving away important personal information over the Internet or the telephone. He warns us to shred personal papers before throwing them in the trash, and to be aware that if an offer appears too good to be true, that it probably is a scam. He also explains how businesses can avoid becoming the victims of embezzlers. Statistics show that embezzlers steal over $100 billion dollars a year from their employers.
The only negative I have about "The Art of the Steal" is that it is written in a dry and pedestrian manner, with a number of grammatical mistakes that the editor did not catch. However, the quality of the writing aside, "The Art of the Steal" is a worthwhile book. Considering the necessity of protecting ourselves from the myriad types of fraud and scams that are out there today, it is important for all of us to be more knowledgeable and circumspect about security issues.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
comprehensive and pretty up-to-date 28 Dec 2003
By James J. Lippard - Published on
Format: Paperback
This is a very easy-to-read and useful compendium of information about common forms of fraud
and how to protect yourself from them. I've read numerous books of this type, and this is
the one I would recommend most highly today for being up-to-date and comprehensive. Abagnale
often gives unsourced anecdotes, but there are several that I recognize from newspaper or
other accounts I've read. My only real complaints with the book were that Abagnale says he uses
his children's birthdays for his PIN numbers (p. 149) which is bad advice given the ease
of obtaining birth certificates, his account of being the victim of credit card theft
over the Internet (pp. 151-153) doesn't seem entirely accurate unless he really did submit
his credit card number, and his statement about viruses arising from mere copying of legitimate
software (p. 176) is incorrect. He also missed an opportunity to warn about fake escrow
sites (p. 162). Apart from this, however, I think the book contains very valuable warnings
and advice.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Strong medicine in sweet sauce 14 Jun 2003
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
Every person who has two pennies to rub together should read this book. This book should be required reading for ALL law enforcement, consumer finance, and business management personnel, to name just a few.
I went through this book at just under the speed of sound. Abagnale took a whole bunch of valuable and complex information and covered it with a string of fascinating and funny stories so that you swallow the whole thing straight down and don't realize how much you learned while being entertained.
One tip that hasn't made its way into the book yet: Gel pen ink is the only ink forgers and counterfeiters have not yet learned how to wash off. Buy a cheap gel pen and use it to sign all your checks and credit-card slips.
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