Meet The Best Con Man To Ever Walk The Face Of The Earth
“Former police chief of Houston once said of me: “Frank Abagnale could write a check on toilet paper, drawn on the Confederate States Treasury, sign it ‘U.R. Hooked’ and cash it at any bank in town, using a Hong Kong driver’s license for identification.”
Frank W. Abagnale, alias Frank Williams, Robert Conrad, Frank Adams, and Robert Monjo, was one of the most daring con men, forgers, impostors, and escape artists in history. This dude was good — damned good.
He started his criminal career as a teen-aged two-bit credit / check system manipulator. He capitalized off of trust, hard work on his behalf, and the inefficiencies of a financial system to make millions while conning hundreds.
The man made an art out of robbing banks without ever producing a gun or hold up note.
He was a master at getting himself hired for high profile positions that he never fulfilled but got paid for handsomely. He was a college professor, doctor, pilot, and cavalier man of every hour.
Slam dunking vaginas — child’s play for this master manipulator.
“My one sensuous fault was women. I had a Cyprian lust for them.”
― Frank W. Abagnale, Catch Me If You Can
Frank Abagnale spent years as a check forger, pretend college professor, faux airline pilot, and an always in demand lady’s man.
He is the subject of the 2002 film, Catch Me If You Can, based on Abagnale’s autobiography by the same name.
This dude conned his way into getting officials at a hospital to endorse him as a doctor.
Without ever completing an application or setting foot in a Pan Am human resource office he fleeced them into identifying him as a pilot and paying for a global excursion consisting of himself and numerous “phony” flight attendants.
“I stole every nickel and blew it on fine threads, luxurious lodgings, fantastic foxes, and other sensual goodies. I partied in every capital in Europe and basked on all the world’s most famous beaches.”
― Frank W. Abagnale, Catch Me If You Can: The True Story of a Real Fake
Abagnale was so charismatic, he conned a bail bondsman into getting him out of jail — leaving the bonds man with — you guessed it — a bad check.
Once he passed a bad check on a bank and upon realizing that check might undo his guise he took on the identity of an FBI agent (he had no credentials) walked back into the bank and got the check back minutes before the real agents arrived.
He finally got caught.
“During the first two interrogative sessions. Either I refused to answer or I would reply”
― Frank W. Abagnale, Catch Me If You Can
He convinced a judge in an out of court meeting to literally put him on a plane to yet another “get out of jail card free” card. Flying back into the states to face extensive jail time Frank removed the toilet in the plane’s restroom and dropped to the runway as the plane taxied and ran to freedom.
Abagnale once saw an opportunity to divert business’ night deposits in a bank drop to his own coffers. This one was as brazen as hell knocking on heaven’s door.
He rented a security guard’s uniform complete with fake gun. He rented a station wagon and had signs made for it that read “Bean State Security”.
“At 11:15 P.M. I was standing at attention in front of the night-deposit box of the Bean State National Bank Airport Branch, and a beautifully lettered sign adorned the safe’s depository: “NIGHT DEPOSIT VAULT OUT OF ORDER. PLEASE MAKE DEPOSITS WITH SECURITY OFFICER.” “There was an upright dolly, with a large mail-type bag bulking open, in front of the depository. At least thirty-five people dropped bags or envelopes into the container.
Not one of them said more than “Good evening” or “Good night.”
Excerpt From: Frank W. Abagnale & Stan Redding. “Catch Me If You Can.”
While making his way to his rented station wagon with the “ill-gotten booty” Abagnale encounter two real cops. He accepted their invitation to help him get his “load” into the station wagon.
Frank Abagnale was eventually caught and jailed for his crimes. After getting out of jail and trying the 9 to 5 route he found out what most felons find out- it’s a tough go. So Frank decided to fall back on his criminal skills to make money.
It’s not what you think.
There was the book. Then the movie Catch Me If You Can his life of Frank Abagnale, who, before his life.
Now when the top echelon of law enforcement offers you a job after you’ve served time for deeds THEY caught you at — you, my friend have arrived.
He started his own security firm Abagnale and Associates . Abagnale and Associates schooled the feds and corporations on how to spot, and nail a scammer.
It’s important clap back positively when career criminals use their intellect, skills, and experiences to give to society as opposed to taking from society. And Frank Abagnale is a perfect example of a bad boy gone good.
I don’t know Frank and I’m not associated with his company, or book marketing department.
I’ve read his book “Catch Me If You Can” numerous times and that story has numerous legitimate takeaways that one can learn from.
His story brings awareness to the weak links in our financial system that should make us all more careful as we navigate that system.
While most of us are honest well-meaning people there are others that will take advantage of any opportunity we give them to exploit the system.
Now mind you Abagnale didn’t have technology to aid and abet his exploits — criminals today do. If he had I doubt he would have ever gotten caught, on the contrary, he would be fleecing millions out of company’s on the net.
The book does not promote or suggest you engage in illicit and nefarious activities. The book will leave you with a rejuvenated sense of confidence.
If this dude could boldly fleece a major airline into paying him without ever his punching a clock or flying a plane surely you can (honestly) convince that lady or guy you like to at least listen to why you like them. Surely you can capitalize of of your charisma and confidence to legitimately land that job, that sale, or that acquisition you want.
Few people question an air of confidence. Look the part act the part and most will assume you are the part. You can get a long way in life using this formula.
Originally published at geogee.wordpress.com on April 13, 2016.