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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (271 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Frank W. Abagnale Narrator: Barrett Whitener Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2010 ISBN: 9781455178483
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While technology may make it easier to track down criminals, cyberspace has spawned a skyrocketing number of ways to commit crime, much of it untraceable. In fact, punishment for fraud, much less recovery of stolen funds, is a rare occurrence. Prevention is the best form of protection.

Frank Abagnale, former con artist and bestselling author of Catch Me If You Can, reveals the mind-boggling tricks of the scam trade with advice that has made him one of America’s most sought after fraud-prevention experts. Drawn from his twenty-five-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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Quotes & Awards

  • “Captivating and useful.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “Many lessons for learners emerge that everyone with money should hear. Barrett Whitener’s pleasant voice makes it clear how vulnerable our money is, and listeners will welcome the dozens of suggestions offered on how to protect it.”

    AudioFile

  • “This detailed and well-written book describes many types of scams, including those involving forged checks, stolen mail, and phony credit cards…A useful work on business and personal privacy.”

    Library Journal

  • “This is a book that’s hard to turn off. There’s just something about beating the system that’s so entertaining and so American. Barrett Whitener narrates the audiobook with the wily charm of a fellow who just sidled up to you and wants to know if ‘you’ve heard the one about.’”

    Audiobookstoday.com

  • “Read with the precise diction of Barrett Whitener. This book will make your jaw drop at the extent of the problem.” 

    Land Line

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles Maranto | 2/16/2014

    " Such a fun read. Absolutely fascinating. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 James Piper | 2/15/2014

    " He comes across as cocky. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah Booth | 2/9/2014

    " While originally published in 2001, this book still offers a lot of information that is still pertinent today. When finished you'll want to check your credit score and make sure that you never leave your personal information vulerable again. I wish this book was updated yearly as that is how fast technology, etc. changes, but there is still plenty here that make this book worth readin "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mara Averick | 2/1/2014

    " Someone is a bit too impressed with himself.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Craig | 1/28/2014

    " This is a sequel to "Catch Me If You Can". The "bad guy" in "Catch Me If You Can" tells all about how scammers perform their various scams and how not to get fooled. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan Shirey Ord | 1/23/2014

    " So awesome....it's written by the guy (Frank Abagnale) in the movie 'Catch me if you can'. It's the real stuff behind what he did and how. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 1/14/2014

    " This book starts where the movie "Catch Me If You Can" ends. Frank Abagnale reveals interesting information about fraud. You may be hesitant about revealing information about yourself after reading this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jonathan Minnick | 10/1/2013

    " Some outdated info but pretty good book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mr. Crusader | 9/28/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dave | 7/7/2013

    " I don't think I've read anything more scary! If you read this book you'll never write a check, purchase anything online, or throw anything away again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jessica | 1/15/2013

    " A bit dated now, but still an instructive guide for protecting yourself from fraud. As always, human beings are the weak link in the security chain. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pam | 10/3/2012

    " Good info, but more geared towards protecting businesses from fraud than personal accounts from fraud. Worth the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janette | 8/14/2012

    " Frank Abagnale is questionably the greatest con man on the planet. He points out how we leave ourselves open to deception. Certainly worth reading. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 7/7/2012

    " Slightly dated, but full of good advice about avoiding identity theft. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 2/17/2012

    " Made me want to be a criminal so bad. Just gives examples of how to steal, it's great "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 1/10/2012

    " This book was an eye opener. A good read for anyone wanting to understand how a fraud can be detected. Well written. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Uwe Windhoven | 12/27/2011

    " a bit dated but an entertaining read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 12/10/2011

    " Fantastic sequel to "Catch me if you can" Great information on how to protect yourself, your family and your money. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Walden | 8/17/2011

    " Really enjoyable -- but what I love most about this book is how hard Frank Abagnale tries to stifle his enthusiasm and excitement about the various techniques he reveals. You can almost feel him gritting his teeth, writing about all the things these "terrible criminals" do. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Spencer | 7/12/2011

    " This is a much better book than Catch Me if You Can. It simply presents the information clearly and includes some interesting stories along the way. I wish Mr. Abagnale had written the other book instead of his co-writer. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Uwe | 3/10/2011

    " a bit dated but an entertaining read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mr. | 12/28/2010

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

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pam | 11/18/2010

    " Good info, but more geared towards protecting businesses from fraud than personal accounts from fraud. Worth the read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 6/30/2010

    " This book starts where the movie "Catch Me If You Can" ends. Frank Abagnale reveals interesting information about fraud. You may be hesitant about revealing information about yourself after reading this book! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Spencer | 1/28/2010

    " Some interesting step-by-step description, but lacks the narrative zing of Catch Me If You Can. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Craig | 1/3/2010

    " This is a sequel to "Catch Me If You Can". The "bad guy" in "Catch Me If You Can" tells all about how scammers perform their various scams and how not to get fooled. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janette | 10/19/2008

    " Frank Abagnale is questionably the greatest con man on the planet. He points out how we leave ourselves open to deception. Certainly worth reading. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Allanna | 5/29/2008

    " Abagnale is a GOOD writer!

    And lots of good and interesting stories and advice! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 1/23/2008

    " So awesome....it's written by the guy (Frank Abagnale) in the movie 'Catch me if you can'. It's the real stuff behind what he did and how. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 1/20/2008

    " Fantastic sequel to "Catch me if you can" Great information on how to protect yourself, your family and your money. "

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About the Author
Author Frank W. Abagnale

Frank W. Abagnale, alias Frank Williams, Robert Conrad, Frank Adams, and Robert Monjo, was one of the most daring con men, forgers, imposters, and escape artists in history. In his brief but notorious criminal career, Abagnale donned a pilot’s uniform and copiloted a Pan Am jet, masqueraded as the supervising resident of a hospital, practiced law without a license, passed himself off as a college sociology professor, and cashed over $2.5 million in forged checks, all before he was twenty-one. Known by the police of twenty-six foreign countries and all fifty states as “the Skywayman,” Abagnale lived a sumptuous life on the lam—until the law caught up with him. Now he is recognized as the nation’s leading authority on financial foul play.

About the Narrator

Barrett Whitener has been narrating audiobooks since 1992. His recordings have won several awards, including the prestigious Audie and seven Earphones Awards. AudioFile magazine has named him one of the Best Voices of the Century. He lives in Washington, DC.