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Frank Abagnale and his book "Scam Me If You Can" “If you believe you have a foolproof system, then you have failed to take into consideration the creativity of fools,” Abagnale says.

To outwit con artists, take advice from one of the most famous people who used to be one. “Think like a predator,” counsels Frank Abagnale, whose life as a professional imposter and conman from ages 16 to 21 inspired the film “Catch Me If You Can,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Abagnale knows all too well how scammers operate.

In an interview with BenefitsPRO’s sister site, ThinkAdvisor, the former fraudster, 71, reveals some M.O.s and tells how to avoid being had.

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