The Art of the Steal

  • by Frank W. Abagnale
  • Narrated by Barrett Whitener
  • 8 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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What the Critics Say

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

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Customer Reviews

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Interesting in parts, aimed at US readers

Would you try another book written by Frank W. Abagnale or narrated by Barrett Whitener?

Yes I would, even though a lot of the information is irrelevant to UK readers/listeners, he does tell a good story.


If you’ve listened to books by Frank W. Abagnale before, how does this one compare?

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 Quite a lot of it was out-of-date.


Which scene did you most enjoy?

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)!


Do you think The Art of the Steal needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Updated version for the 21st century? Should be made more relevant outside the US.


Any additional comments?

Good entertaining read.

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- Maid Marian "Recently retired, full of beans, finding new things to do - one of which is listening to audio books. Always been a great reader."

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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- Rosemary White

Book Details

  • Release Date: 13-09-2002
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.