In July AARP North Dakota was fortunate to host the world’s leading expert on fraud and scams in Fargo, where he spoke to about 1,000 people. Abagnale also participated in a telephone town hall with thousands of North Dakotans that day. You can listen to that conversation here.
Abagnale says there is a victim of identity theft every two seconds. Children are sought-after victims of identity theft because criminals can use their identity for long periods of time before the theft is detected or credit is checked. He recommends monitoring children’s Social Security numbers.
Abagnale says there are ways to lessen your risk of identity theft:
Between the ages of 16 and 21, Abagnale successfully posed as an airline pilot, an attorney, a doctor and cashed millions in fraudulent checks. In case you didn’t read the best-selling book, he got caught and his exploits were depicted in the movie “Catch Me If You Can” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks. Today, Abagnale is an expert on the subject of identity theft, has written three books on the subject and served as a consultant to the FBI for more than 40 years.
As AARP’s Fraud Watch Network ambassador, Abagnale also has a new weekly podcast, called The Perfect Scam, which you can listen to at www.aarp.org/fraudwatchnetwork.
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