The Pan Am Podcast

Episode 24: Catch Me If You Can…An Interview with Frank Abagnale

July 26, 2022 Pan Am Museum Foundation Season 1 Episode 24
The Pan Am Podcast
Episode 24: Catch Me If You Can…An Interview with Frank Abagnale
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Show Notes

In this episode we are joined by Frank W. Abagnale, Jr. to talk about his interesting background. He will also provide tips on protecting your identity and wallet and how to avoid scams. 

The 2002 academy award-nominated film by Steven Spielberg, Catch Me If You Can, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks was loosely based on Frank’s life. 

This blockbuster film introduced a whole new generation to the wonder, glamour, and nostalgia of Pan American World Airways. 

Frank W. Abagnale, Jr. is an authority on forgery, embezzlement, secure documents, cybercrime, and scams. For over 45 years he has worked with, advised, and consulted with hundreds of financial institutions, corporations, and government agencies around the world.

Mr. Abagnale lectures extensively at the FBI Academy and for the field offices of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He is a former faculty member at the National Advocacy Center (NAC) which is operated by the Department of Justice, Executive Office for United States Attorneys. More than 14,000 financial institutions, corporations and law enforcement agencies use his fraud prevention programs. 

He has also written numerous articles and books including The Art of the Steal, The Real U Guide to Identity Theft, Stealing Your Life and his most recent book, Scam Me If You Can – Simple Strategies to Outsmart Today’s Rip-off Artists.

Mr. Abagnale refuses to accept payment for any of his government work. 

Today, the majority of his income is derived from consulting with major corporate clients such as LexisNexis, Intuit, and Experian and his public speaking engagements. Mr. Abagnale has conducted over 3,000 seminars on identity theft, cybercrime, and fraud worldwide. 

 Today, Mr. Abagnale is an advisor to Trusona in developing the world's first and only insured authentication platform eliminating the use of passwords.

The Pan Am Museum Foundation was  honored to have him as the keynote speaker at the Pan Am Museum’s 2018 annual fundraising gala. 

For more information on how you can protect yourself from scams and con artists, please visit his website,

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