For more than four decades, Frank W. Abagnale has advised the FBI on how to outsmart con artists and now he’s coming to Huntsville on Thursday, July 18, to help us learn how to spot and avoid scams so we can protect our families.

As one of the world’s most respected authorities on forgery, embezzlement and secure documents, Abagnale has joined forces with the AARP Fraud Watch Network and AARP Alabama.

Between the ages of 16 and 21, Abagnale successfully posed as an airline pilot, an attorney, a doctor and cashed millions in fraudulent checks. In case you didn’t read the best-selling book ... spoiler alert ... he got caught and his exploits were depicted in the movie Catch Me If You Can starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Today, Abagnale is an expert on the subject of identity theft, has written three books on the subject and served as a consultant to some of the largest companies in the world on the subject of cybercrime.

Details on this event for the public and the media are below:

WHAT: Join the AARP Fraud Watch Network, AARP Alabama and the Better Business Bureau of North Alabama for a presentation by Frank W. Abagnale on protecting yourself and your family from identity theft. The event is free. His advice is invaluable.

WHO: Frank W. Abagnale, one of the world’s leading con artist experts.

WHEN: Thursday, July 18, at 7 p.m.

WHERE: The Jackson Center, 6001 Moquin Dr NW, Huntsville, Alabama 35806

RSVP: Members of the public may register for this free event by registering at You do not have to be an AARP member to attend but registration is required.

AVAIL: If you are a member of the media and wish to interview Abagnale, one on one, please contact Evey Owen at to try to schedule an interview. Abagnale will be available before his presentation for a media availability that afternoon. His presentation at 7 p.m. is an open press event.

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