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Summary

Are you at risk of being scammed? Former con artist and best-selling author of Catch Me If You Can Frank Abagnale shows you how to stop scammers in their tracks.

Maybe you're wondering how to make the scam phone calls stop. Perhaps someone has stolen your credit card number. Or you've been a victim of identity theft. Even if you haven't yet been the target of a crime, con artists are always out there, waiting for the right moment to steal your information, your money, and your life.

As one of the world's most respected authorities on the subjects of fraud, forgery, and cyber security, Frank Abagnale knows how scammers work. In Scam Me If You Can, he reveals the latest tricks that today's scammers, hackers, and con artists use to steal your money and personal information - often online and over the phone. Using plain language and vivid examples, Abagnale reveals hundreds of tips, including: 

  • The best way to protect your phone from being hacked
  • The only time you should ever use a debit card
  • The one type of photo you should never post on social media
  • The only conditions under which you should use WiFi networks at the airport
  • The safest way to use an ATM

With his simple but counterintuitive rules, Abagnale also makes use of his insider intel to paint a picture of cyber crimes that haven't become widespread yet.

©2019 Frank Abagnale (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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“They say you can’t con a con man. But what if you’re not a con man? Frank Abagnale once was, and now he’s on the other side, helping law enforcement and regular citizens spot the newest cons out there. Nobody can explain how to avoid the current epidemic of financial fraud as well Frank Abagnale. He is the ultimate authority. If you value your financial security, listen to this man.” (William Bratton, former police commissioner, NYPD and LAPD)

“For years, Frank Abagnale has been my first call in the event of any scam. His on-target, insightful advice has helped me and my audience protect itself. I'm so glad he's finally put this important information into a book we all can - and should - read.” (Jean Chatzky, host of the HerMoney podcast, Today Show financial editor, AARP financial ambassador)  

"A must-own for every American to arm themselves against the fastest growing crimes in our nation. Frank is a Jedi Master, and all of us in law enforcement are grateful students. Young or old, rich or not, whatever your background, Frank will empower you to protect yourself and your loved ones." (Sean D. Reyes, attorney general of the State of Utah) 

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alright

was expecting a bit more details and must say scams.
Not bad if you want to protect yourself but i think a common sense can often save you as well.

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Interesting ideas, very USA centric

There are some interesting insights and some good advice, however if you live outside the U.S. it will be completely wasted.
The author also seems to be an Apple fanboi, which I'm not sure is entirely appropriate.
The section on passwords also missed out SQRL as an upcoming alternative

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  • 18-10-19

Very basic, full with scary stories, but little actionable information

We are all aware of all the scams that going on out there. This book had a great potential to become the ultimate user guide, by the ultimate x-con man, but it failed.
There’s nothing new on it, and nothing actionable in it. Just a long mambo jumbo of “there are wolfs out there, be careful...” well, being careful doesn’t prevent anything as most of scammers are using hacked data they got on the black market....

Maybe it’s the fate of the current day and age, and there’s nothing to do about it or to protect yourself, but the book failed to fulfill on the promise to help you fight the scammers.
Save yourself money and time and look elsewhere.

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  • Cristi
  • 10-04-21

Great value! ... BUT there are some downsides

The stories and example of scams, identity theft anothers are awesome, and make for a great read.
I found the information related to debit cards, credit reports and banks to be worth the price of the book.

But the advice he gives on protecting yourself is good but not enough. I would say that the advice is best for the general population and you would find the same on YouTube if you know where to look and take the time to learn it.

If you want to get more advanced try to research OSINT, elicitation, etc and look into Michael Bazzell's blog/podcast.

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  • Audio Guy
  • 07-09-19

Excellent Book - Everyone should read it

Excellent very well written book about current scams . The only one typic which is not very well covered is about investment scams by the big business such as mutual funds etc . But I guess it’s subject on its own .

But the book is just superb and very well written .

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  • Joe Jag
  • 26-08-21

wealth of good information! worth a second listen

wealth of good information!
worth a second listen always use a credit card not a debit card for transaction even small.

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  • Carolyn D Irby
  • 27-06-21

Enjoyable.

Openly view this book as a lesson on how not to be scammed in various areas. Know the warning signs.

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  • Silverliningboy
  • 14-05-21

A Must Read!

This is fantastic info for everyone of all ages and backgrounds. I bought this book for all my clients and family.

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  • Juan Jimenez
  • 06-05-21

Must read book

exceptional information that helps greatly in reducing the likelihood of being scammed from today's cyber world.

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  • Brion Hurley
  • 15-02-20

Great resource for everyone to prevent scams

Some of the scams were familiar to me already, but a few were new. Definitely recommend this book to everyone.

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  • Dianna
  • 07-02-20

very informative book

this book was very informative. especially great for the elderly community. Good tips and good book to have

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  • My honest opinion!
  • 29-01-20

A must for anyone with a Social Security number!

I would even go further to suggest that this book should be part of middle school and/or high school curriculum because it can be digested by our kids who know very well the pain that is caused when another hacks their email addresses or Facebook accounts. Financial education is never too early to begin.

I have listened to all of Frank W. Abagnale's AARP podcasts on scamming but his book takes the topic even further.

My final thought: There is someone somewhere looking to get your money and you must be educated in order to not fall prey of this happening to you.