Greenwich Library Hosts an Evening with Frank Abagnale, Author of “Scam me if you can” | #scams | #elderlyscams
Greenwich Library’s Learning Lab Lecture series is excited to welcome Frank Abagnale, one of the world’s most respected authorities on forgery, embezzlement, and security, for a discussion on technology and identity theft. Abagnale is the bestselling author of Scam Me If You Can: Simple Strategies to Outsmart Today’s Rip-off Artists. He is also the former con-artist who is the subject of Steven Spielberg’s famous film Catch Me if You Can.
An Evening with Frank Abagnale will take place on Tuesday, May 4, at 7 p.m. live on Zoom. Registration for the event is available through the Library’s online calendar.
Are you at risk of being scammed? Every year, con artists scam billions of dollars from unsuspecting individuals. Advancements in modern technological conveniences have led to a surge in phone and cyber scams, as well as medical and insurance fraud. Abagnale knows how to stop scammers in their tracks. Fifty years ago, he was one of the world’s most famous con men. His transformation into an international cybersecurity expert is the stuff of legend. His story provided the inspiration for the 2002 film Catch Me If You Can, which was followed by a Broadway show that opened in 2011 and won a Tony Award.
Through a series of real-life stories and his own experiences, Scam Me If You Can reveals the latest tricks that today’s scammers, hackers and con artists use to steal money and personal information—often online and over the phone. The book is the result of Abagnale’s five years of work with AARP developing educational programs focused on fraud and prevention, particularly for the elderly. For the last 40 years, he has worked with and advised hundreds of worldwide financial institutions, corporations and government agencies. He lectures extensively at the FBI Academy and for FBI field offices and has conducted more than 3,000 seminars on identify theft, cyber crime and fraud worldwide. More than 14,000 financial institutions, corporations and law enforcement agencies use his fraud prevention programs.
Abagnale has written numerous articles and books including The Art of the Steal, The Real U Guide to Identify Theft, and Stealing Your Life. He is currently a faculty member at the National Advocacy Center (NAC), which is operated by the Department of Justice.
The mission of the Learning Lab, formerly known as Technology Training Center, is to create an environment in which Greenwich Library staff and patrons can empower themselves with a practical understanding of current technology. From how to use Microsoft Excel to how to read magazines on your tablet, Learning Lab staff is currently available to provide tech assistance to patrons virtually. Call 203-622-7920 for more information, and check the Library’s online calendar for a complete listing of Learning Lab virtual technology programs for May. The Learning Lab is made possible by a generous donation from the Limpe Family.
Copies of Scam Me If You Can are available to borrow from the Library via No-Contact Pick Up or to purchase through Diane’s Books.
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