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Identity theft expert Frank Abagnale coming to Casper

For over four decades, Frank W. Abagnale has advised the FBI on how to outsmart con artists and now he’s coming to the Lyric in Casper on Thursday, Aug. 23 at 6:30 p.m. to help Wyomingites learn how to spot and avoid scams.

To register for this free event click here.

From age 16 to 21, Abagnale successfully posed as an airline pilot, an attorney, a doctor, and cashed millions in fraudulent checks.His exploits were depicted in the movie “Catch Me If You Can,” starring Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio. Today, Abagnale is a nationally-known expert on identity theft, has written three books on the subject and served as a cybercrime consultant to some of the largest companies in the world.

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 Wyoming.

AARP Fraud Watch Network educates members on the importance of protecting themselves and their loved ones from frauds and scams. Fraud Watch Network anti-scam prevention tips help members understand the importance of shredding all personal documents and not sharing personal information over public Wi-Fi networks.

Frank’s Top 10 Tips to help prevent identity theft:

1. CREDIT PROTECTION – make it your top priority to check your credit regularly

2. YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER – provide it only when absolutely necessary

3. SHRED IT – shred all mail and documents with your personal info using a micro-cut shredder

4. CREDIT CARD STATEMENTS – check regularly and check each transaction

5. YOUR MAILBOX – retrieve mail ASAP or invest in a locking mailbox to avoid mail theft and thieves re-routing your mail

6. SHARING – be more selective with whom you share your personal information

7. ATMs – be on the lookout for skimmers or bugged keypads

8. PASSWORD PROTECTION – keep them strong and change them on a regular basis

9 CREDIT CARDS – use as preferred form of payment over debit cards, and the fewer the better

10. COMPUTER SECURITY – keep your firewall, antivirus and spyware protection up-to-date

For more information and resources from Frank Abagnale go to www.abagnale.com.