Ex-con man advises on identity theft

Friday, 25 April 2003, 12:14 AM EST

Digital thieves are finding innovative ways to gather the personal information they need to steal victims' identities, a former con man turned educator warned.

According to reformed forger Frank Abagnale Jr., who came to prominence when his 1980 autobiography, Catch Me If You Can, was recently turned into a film by Steven Spielberg, identity thieves are becoming more professional and harder to fight.

Abagnale currently acts as an advisor to law enforcement agencies and is the spokesman for security vendor PrivacyGuard.

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