A lot of people say I was brilliant. I wasn't. I was an opportunist: a young entrepreneur who saw things and took advantage.

Frank Abagnale

Frank Abagnale

Profession: Author
Nationality: American

Some suggestions for you :

We should be very concerned: if identity theft is so simple to do, what's to stop me from entering this country and assuming the identity of someone else for the sole purpose of living here illegally for terrorist reasons? That alone would be a concern.

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

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.

If I had the uniform on, you didn't doubt for a moment I was a pilot. No one ever blinked an eye if I tried to cash a cheque wearing that uniform.

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

It's really frustrating when you're an identity-theft victim, and you go to the police and you say, 'This guy in Florida, he stole my name and got a credit card - this is his address,' and they say, 'We don't have jurisdiction in Florida. You need to go to the FBI.'

Why do the Yankees always win? The other team can't stop looking at the pinstripes.

If you tell me your name and date of birth, that's all I need to steal your identity.

You have to be smarter and a wiser businessperson and consumer. You have to learn to protect yourself through education.

The biggest thing that concerns me is when we start getting countries using cybercrime to shut down infrastructure, electricity, communications systems, the Internet, et cetera.

We're coming down to an extremely unethical society. Very few colleges offer courses in ethics, and very few companies have a code of conduct or code of ethics.

You have to believe in what you do. Take something you truly believe in and go about it in an honest way.

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

I owe a debt to my country 800 times greater than I could ever repay.