Con man offers advice on avoiding identity theft

Wednesday, 15 November 2006, 12:39 AM EST

Frank Abagnale knew about identity theft before it had a name. In fact, he practiced it with precision. His legendary exploits as a con man were immortalized in the 2002 Steven Spielberg movie Catch Me If You Can.

"It was all on paper," he said. "Now it's all done online. Electronic records just make it easier." To illustrate, he pulled up a copy of a mortgage document he obtained electronically about Porter Goss, the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and U.S. representative from Florida. The Social Security numbers of Goss and his wife were part of the document, though they were crossed out on the PowerPoint screen onstage.

At the Miami Herald.

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