Frank Abagnale, The Ultimate Conman Who Ended Up With The FBI

Frank Abagnale, The Ultimate Conman Who Ended Up With The FBI

In his twenties, Frank Abagnale Jr. has devised a fraudulent scheme to raise millions of dollars. He managed to disguise himself in various professions without ever being caught. And earned the nickname of the famous swindler in America. At the age of 21, he is one of the most wanted criminals in the world. And ended up helping the FBI catch scammers like himself.

Frank Abagnale was born in 1948 in New York City, America. After his parents separated when he was 14 years old, he chose the criminal path as his ninja path. He started shoplifting, his first victim being his own father. Frank buys tires and batteries at the gas station using his father's credit card. Then he asked the clerk for cash in exchange for the purchase of the products. Frank takes girls on dates with the money he makes. When Abagnale Sr. suddenly received a bill of $3,400, Frank had to stop shoplifting his father.

Frank Abagnale

At the age of 16, he left home and decided to use his intelligence to the best of his ability. He faked his driver's license to look 10 years older. He opened many bank accounts with different identities. Then he printed his own checks, deposited them, and made the banks issue cash. Unfortunately, the counterfeit scheme was short-lived as the bank eventually demanded payment.

Then Frank came up with a more sophisticated plan. He wrote his account number on the blank deposit slip in the bank and mixed it up. Careless bank customers filled it in and practically gave Frank their money. Over the years the bogus checks allowed him to cash an estimated $2.5 million.
Frank Abagnale, The Ultimate Conman Who Ended Up With The FBI
To look more convincing when cashing checks, he decided to become a pilot. He managed to forge a pilot license and Pan Am employee ID. He lies that he lost his uniform at a hotel and immediately received a new uniform. In those days, pilots could catch flights and stay at hotels at company expense.

Frank Abagnale

Frank flies over 1 million miles to 26 countries on more than 250 flights. Although he always travels as a passenger sometimes the pilot offers him to take over the helm of the plane. Shortly after, he moved to Georgia. He worked as a pediatrician for approximately 11 months in Georgia. When a baby is about to die from his disability, he stops.

His next career was as a lawyer. Frank pretends to be a Harvard graduate. He actually passed the bar exam and got a legal job. After his partner, a genuine Harvard alumnus tries to dig into his past, Frank runs away. He eventually moved to Montpellier, France to keep a low profile. Unfortunately, a French flight attendant whose ex-girlfriend recognized her and alerted the police.

Frank Abagnale
When Abagnale was arrested in 1969, twelve countries requested his extradition. He served sentences in France and Sweden and was eventually deported to the United States. After daring to escape from the plane, he was arrested and sentenced to 12 years in prison.
Frank Abagnale, The Ultimate Conman Who Ended Up With The FBI
While in prison, he disguised himself as an inspector who was under investigation to receive special treatment from other inmates. In 1971 believe it or not, he managed to escape but was later caught. In 1974, he was released on parole. He has to work for the FBI.

Since then, Abagnale has used his extraordinary experience to investigate the scams of others. He founded a company that teaches how to prevent fraud. In 2002 his story inspired Steven Spielberg's film Catch Me If You Can.

Frank Abagnale