About us About Frank Abagnale

Frank W. Abagnale is one of the world’s most respected authorities on the subjects of check fraud, identity theft, and secure documents. For over 47 years he has consulted with and lectured to hundreds of financial institutions, corporations, law enforcement and government agencies around the world. More than 14,000 organizations use his fraud prevention ideas and programs.

Mr. Abagnale has been associated with the Federal Bureau of Investigation for over four decades. He lectures at the FBI Academy and for the FBI field offices. On January 18, 2023, Mr. Abagnale was the recipient of the first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award given by InfraGard which, along with the FBI, honored Mr. Abagnale for his longtime work with InfraGard, the FBI and the FBI CyberCamp. He is a former faculty member at the National Advocacy Center (NAC) which is operated by the Department of Justice, Executive Office for United States Attorneys.

Mr. Abagnale is author and subject of the book Catch Me If You Can, which was made into a blockbuster movie by Steven Spielberg, starring Leonard DiCaprio and Tom Hanks, and into a Tony-award winning Broadway musical.

Frank Abagnale

Mr. Abagnale refuses to accept payment for any of his government work. Today, most of his work is derived from consulting with major corporate clients and his renowned seminar presentations on cyber security, identity theft, and scams. His public speaking engagements that are handled through Keppler Speakers (www.kepplerspeakers.com) in Washington, DC. Mr. Abagnale works as an advisor to a number of print and technology companies around the world.

Mr. Abagnale believes that punishment for fraud and recovery of stolen funds are so rare, prevention is the only viable course of action.

SAFEChecks and Frank W. Abagnale

SAFEChecks, “The Check Fraud Prevention Specialists” manufactures the finest high security checks in America. We began in 1993 as a division of a Southern California business bank battling an epidemic of check fraud. Check fraud attempts at the bank had skyrocketed from $90,000 to $3,000,000 in just two years. Greg Litster, SAFEChecks' President, was then a Senior Vice President of the bank and was assigned responsibility for solving this crisis. At Mr. Litster’s recommendation, the bank hired Frank Abagnale as a consultant.

Mr. Abagnale’s first suggestions were for the bank’s customers to use high security checks and for the bank to use Positive Pay. Reasonably priced high security checks did not exist at that time. Believing that companies of every size needed better protection from check fraud, Mr. Abagnale and Mr. Litster designed America’s first true high security check, the SAFECheck.

Mr. Litster organized the SAFEChecks Division within the bank, and encouraged the bank’s customers to use these new checks fraud-bulletin. Over the next three years, fraud losses and fraud attempts dropped by 95%.

The Fraud Bulletin

Mr. Litster acquired the SAFEChecks Division from the bank in 1997, and SAFEChecks has maintained an association with Mr. Abagnale since that time.


Click on the fraud bulletin image on the right to request a copy of Frank Abagnale's Fraud Bulletin:

Catch me if you can
Guide to identify theft
Stealing your life
The art of the steal