Famed Former Con Man Frank Abagnale to Headline Anti Fraud Event in Portland

Abagnale, pictured here, currently consults for the FBI and appears as part of the AARP Fraud Watch Network.

If the phrase “learning by doing” has any weight to it, Frank Abagnale is a prime example.

Abagnale started with credit card and check cons, passing off forged checks and posing as an airline pilot for Pan Am, and later as a doctor and lawyer, all before the age of 21. He created an overseas trail before being arrested by French police, serving five years in prison for his crimes until being released to FBI custody.

In exchange for his freedom, Abagnale worked with the Bureau as a consultant. Much of his story was dramatized in the popular 2002 film Catch Me If You Can. Now, Abagnale works with the AARP Fraud Watch Network, and is coming to Portland on September 29, to share insights on data security.

“We’ve all seen the news of the major security breaches which have occurred over the past two years,” Abagnale said in a recent announcement.  “Personal information from some of those incidents is just starting to show up, as it is common for criminals to warehouse personal data for two to three years before they make it available in the marketplace. Too many of us are vulnerable, and I look forward to working with AARP to advise people about the safest ways to conduct their financial transactions and manage social media.”

“We’re excited to partner with the AARP to bring Mr. Abagnale’s compelling story and decades of insights to Northwest credit unions, and their members,” said Lynn Heider, NWCUA Vice President of Public Relations and Communications. “His talk will feature tangible takeaways for members to use in protecting themselves from data breach.”

The event will be held at Portland’s Revolution Hall (1300 SE Stark), September 29 from 7 – 8:30 pm. Attendance to the address is free but attendees have to register as the hall has space for 800 people only. Attendees can RSVP by calling 1-877-926-8300 or by visiting aarp.cvent.com/Stealingyourlife092916.

Questions about this story? Contact Eric Horvath: 503.350.2222, ehorvath@nwcua.org.

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