I didn't sit outside the bank and plan. I just went in and ad libbed because I was so young. But I was smart enough to know I would absolutely get caught.

Frank Abagnale

Frank Abagnale

Profession: Author
Nationality: American

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Unlike most divorces, where the children were usually the first to know, my parents were very good about keeping that a secret.

I served my time and came out of prison when I was just 26 and have worked with the government for 37 years. But people only remember me for what I did before that.

I have to be honest with you: When the FBI let me out of prison early to advise the agency on preventing fraud, I wasn't a changed person. I wasn't rehabilitated. But when I started working with the FBI, one of the most ethical groups of men and women in the world, I couldn't help but have some of that character rub off on me.

People care about others in their immediate network.

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

The truth is, your identity already has been stolen.

I learned early that class is universally admired.

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

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.

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

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

We all grow up. Hopefully, we get wiser. Age brings wisdom, and fatherhood changes one's life completely.

You should know, whether you live in the U.S. or in the U.K., that your identity has already been stolen.