I don't believe that a piece of paper will excuse my actions. In the end, only my actions will.

I think my wife understood from the day I met her how important she was to me and how important it was for me becoming a husband and a father.

Most people don't recognize me, but they know my name. TSA people rarely recognize my name, ironically, and they are the security people.

The police can't protect consumers. People need to be more aware and educated about identity theft. You need to be a little bit wiser, a little bit smarter and there's nothing wrong with being skeptical. We live in a time when if you make it easy for someone to steal from you, someone will.

I was very blessed it was Steven Spielberg who made the movie. He was very much into the redemption side of the story. They asked him in an interview why he had owned the rights to this story for 20 years before he made the movie, and he said, 'I wanted to see what the real Frank Abagnale did with his life before I immortalised him on film.'

I taught at the FBI for four decades - how to think outside of the box and deal with social engineering.

I partied in every capital in Europe, basked on all the famous beaches, and good-timed it in South America, the South Seas, the Orient, and the more palatable portions of Africa.

I kept a notebook, a surreptitious journal in which I jotted down phrases, technical data, miscellaneous information, names, dates, places, telephone numbers, thoughts, and a collection of other data I thought was necessary or might prove helpful.

I was a millionaire twice over and half again before I was twenty-one. I stole every nickel of it and blew the bulk of the bundle on fine threads, gourmet foods, luxurious lodgings, fantastic foxes, fine wheels, and other sensual goodies.

I don't do online banking.

I use a shredder for bank statements and phone bills. Most people use ribbon shredders that cut things straight: we can put those back together in an hour. Look for a security microcut shredder, which cuts papers into confetti.

People say that life is short, but it isn't short. It's very long.

At the FBI, very rarely do they investigate crime under $100,000.

People care about others in their immediate network.

Nothing has brought me more love, joy and peace than being a good husband and good daddy.

There's no such thing as a foolproof system. That idea fails to take into account the creativity of fools.

It's amazing to me that we live in such a wonderful country where anyone can have a problem in life and get up, dust themselves off and start all over again.

You get to a point in your life where you go, 'I don't remember what I did.'

Criminals look at identity theft and say only 1 in 700 criminals gets convicted of it. And they look at check forgery and they know that for every 1,400 forgers arrested, only about 123 get convicted and about 26 go to jail. So the rewards are great, but the risks are very slim. So that's one of the reasons that make it very popular.

It's quite flattering to have Leonardo DiCaprio play you in the movie. He's a great-looking young man.

My father was never really the con-man type that the film shows him to be: he was straight as an arrow, though he did have problems with the IRS.

It's about taking the time to research and think things out. Honest people and criminals do the same thing; just the direction, good or bad, is different.

I would have thought technology would have made it harder to do what I did.

I have never witnessed, nor will I live long enough to witness, a more simplistic crime than me stealing your identity.

I always knew I'd get caught sooner or later. And I knew I would end up going to prison.

I learned early that class is universally admired.

If you look at any successful professional - a salesperson, a marketer, a real estate agent, a trader - they all have the same qualities as the con man. The only difference is that one side uses their talents in the right direction and the con man is taking the easy way out.

I'm glad I'm a draw. People know that, not only am I the guy that did it, I spent 40 years on the other side.

I don't use a debit card. The safest thing is a credit card because you're using the bank's money. If someone accesses your information, they are stealing the bank's money, not yours.

Every case involving cybercrime that I've been involved in, I've never found a master criminal sitting somewhere in Russia or Hong Kong or Beijing. It always ends up that somebody at the company did something they weren't supposed to do. They read an email, went to a website they weren't supposed to.

I'm a true believer that you have a moral obligation to keep your employees honest, and that is why you have controls, so I'm never tempted or put in a position where I could do something to defraud my employer.

I wasn't a Pan Am pilot or any other kind of pilot.

Banks are so protected from liability they would have to really do something that was their mistake in order for them to be liable for it. Banks don't look at signatures. They're processing millions of checks and they have very little liability.

Mostly, cybercriminals are motivated to commit crime for financial gain.

One of the most popular scams is what they call account takeover. You write me a check, and I simply go online to a check-printing service and order 200 checks with your account information.

I'm so different from the egotistical, self-centred person I was when I did those things. And to watch someone acting out your memories on the screen is like reliving it. Like someone taking you back and showing you what you did.

If you took a child in London and took their iPhone and took them somewhere else in the country, they'd probably not be able to find their way back. That's a shame.

I didn't like taking money from individuals.

One thing I've found is that if you educate and show people the risk, they will do something about it.

Had I been older - maybe 25 or 30 - I would have never tried half the things I did because I would have rationalized everything and never did it.

Christopher Walken and Nathalie Baye played my parents so well that I really thought I was in my living room at Christmas. My mother couldn't have been played more correctly.

What I did in my youth is hundreds of times easier today. Technology breeds crime.

If I had been brilliant or a genius, I wouldn't have needed to break the law just to survive.

We really need to get control over Social Security numbers. My children's generation, they're past it. But their children should be able to have a number that is secure.

I went to the library and learned how checks work. I found out that routing numbers are like zip codes: the checks are sent to the bank that correlates to the routing number. If I manipulate those numbers to a bank far away, it would take longer to get back to the bank, which gave me more time to write more bad checks.

If my forgeries looked as bad as the CBS documents, it would have been 'Catch Me In Two Days'.

A real man loves and respects his wife and is not only a good father but a man that his kids want to call 'Daddy.'

Almost any fault, sin or crime is considered more leniently if there's a touch of class involved.

You fight technology with technology, so you have to stay one step ahead of the criminal. It's very much a chess game - they make a move, you have to make a move.