Catch me if you can
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We know Frank William Abagnale,Jr from the movie catch me if you can, which is a famous fraud ,check forger ,impostor and escape artist. He became notorious in the 1960s for passing $2.5 million worth of meticulously forged checks across 26 countries over the course of five years, beginning when he was 16 years old. We might be quiet interesting about what he did in his crime career. But since Frank now has already became a famous FBI agent which did a lot contribution to the forgery and help build the security system of checks and currency. So the project will focus on what he did in his crime career and the great contribution he did by using forensic science for the society.
Little background of Frank
Frank William Abagnale, Jr
Frank William Abagnale, Jr. in 2007
| April 27, 1948 (1948-04-27) (age 63)
Bronxville, New York, U.S.
| fraud, forgery, swindling
During Frank’s criminal life he played so many roles in just couple of years so the case is basically focus on how he actually became those roles and the forensic methods he used to get his purpose.
1. Being a Bank fraud
Frank's first successful trick was writing his checks on his own account which already empty on money. But this would only work for a short period of time before the bank asks payment, so he started to open other accounts in different banks, for playing this game in a long time. After many times, he tried and found many ways of fooling banks, such as printing out his own fake checks which look quiet alike with the real ones, use those checks as deposit and ask banks to put advance money on his account.
Another interesting fact of Frank was to forge deposit slips with his account number and mixed them in real ones. This will lead to the deposit written on the slips will all go to his account instead of original customer. 2. Fraud became an Airline pilot
In an interview Frank took at 2000, he talked about how he wanted to get a Pan American (Pan Am) uniform and become a pilot of the company, so he phoned a purchasing agent at the flight company headquarters and told them he was a pilot of the company and the hotel he stayed at New York lost his uniform. So after that he followed the instruction given by the agent then he got his own Pan Am uniform and the uniform paid by an imagined employee number he invented.
Pan Am uniform
After Frank got the uniform he thought he should be more reasonable for his new persona and decided to get a Pan Am pass card. After many efforts he made he found out that 3M Company did most passes and IDs for airline companies (Pan Am included). Then Frank pretended to be a company staff that is in charge of the New ID cards. And had a interview with the 3M sales representatives, He was shown different types of the ID Cards. And he found out that one of the example was very similar with the Pan Am ID card, so he asked the salesman to made him a completely sample with that specific type ID card. After finished the result was extra looked the same as the Pan Am pass except no company logo on it.
Pan American Airlines logo
Frank solved the ”missing logo” problem by buying a model Pan Am plane, which had a copy of the logo conclude in the model kit. He removed the Pan Am symbol and carefully placed it on the ID pass card. The final product looked perfect. Before Frank became a formal pilot he did two things to make sure his new ID. First he made his mind to find detail information about airline industry. Apparently knowledge from library is definitely not enough. Then Frank found out a method for him to get knowledge from company, which he pretended to be a student doing research project on the company and their staff. The action he took was a big success, this let him get plenty of knowledge he needs for the company policies, information of co-pilots...
References: 1. Check Fraud, Embezzlement, Cyber Crime, Holder in Due Course and Identity Theft Volume 10 (2011)
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