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All Quotes by author - Frank Abagnale
" Airline pilots are men to be admired and respected. Men to be trusted. Men of means. And you don't expect an airline pilot to be a local resident. Or a check swindler. "
" Almost any fault, sin or crime is considered more leniently if there's a touch of class involved. "
" A lot of people say I was brilliant. I wasn't. I was an opportunist: a young entrepreneur who saw things and took advantage. "
" A lot of times, when I met somebody and took them out on a date, I obviously didn't tell them my background, because I didn't think I'd see them but once or twice. "
" A real man loves and respects his wife and is not only a good father but a man that his kids want to call 'Daddy.' "
" A real man loves his wife, and places his family as the most important thing in life. Nothing has brought me more peace and content in life than simply being a good husband and father. "
" As the lawyer, I found most of it was a matter of research, which I was great at - that's what I did to death - and then basically persuading people that you're right, and they're wrong... I found that the easiest of all the professions to impersonate. "
" At the FBI, very rarely do they investigate crime under $100,000. "
" Banks are so protected from liability they would have to really do something that was their mistake in order for them to be liable for it. Banks don't look at signatures. They're processing millions of checks and they have very little liability. "
" By the time I had reached the age of 16, in the 10th grade, my parents, after 22 years of marriage, one day decided to get a divorce. "
" Christopher Walken and Nathalie Baye played my parents so well that I really thought I was in my living room at Christmas. My mother couldn't have been played more correctly. "
" Criminals know that if they stay under certain thresholds, nobody is going to come after them. "
" Criminals look at identity theft and say only 1 in 700 criminals gets convicted of it. And they look at check forgery and they know that for every 1,400 forgers arrested, only about 123 get convicted and about 26 go to jail. So the rewards are great, but the risks are very slim. So that's one of the reasons that make it very popular. "
" Every breach you look at occurred because somebody inside did something they weren't supposed to do. Sometimes there's an accomplice, but most of the time, it's innocent. "
" Every case involving cybercrime that I've been involved in, I've never found a master criminal sitting somewhere in Russia or Hong Kong or Beijing. It always ends up that somebody at the company did something they weren't supposed to do. They read an email, went to a website they weren't supposed to. "
" Every form of payment has some risk associated with it. "
" Everything I have today was because of the love of a woman. "
" Had I been older, I would've never been able to pull it off because I would've analyzed it to death. When I was 16, there was no such thing as 'what if.' "
" Had I been older - maybe 25 or 30 - I would have never tried half the things I did because I would have rationalized everything and never did it. "
" I always knew I'd get caught sooner or later. And I knew I would end up going to prison. "
" I contend that there really are no more con men. There's no need for con men anymore. There's no need for the very sophisticated, suave guy, the well-dressed guy. Today, you steal with the computer from thousands of miles away - from China, from Libya, from Hong Kong. Your victim's never going to see you, so there's no need to be any of that. "
" I didn't like taking money from individuals. "
" I didn't sit outside the bank and plan. I just went in and ad libbed because I was so young. But I was smart enough to know I would absolutely get caught. "
" I don't believe that a piece of paper will excuse my actions. In the end, only my actions will. "
" I don't do online banking. "
" I don't use a debit card. The safest thing is a credit card because you're using the bank's money. If someone accesses your information, they are stealing the bank's money, not yours. "
" If I check into a hotel, a lot of times, they know who I am. "
" If I had been brilliant or a genius, I wouldn't have needed to break the law just to survive. "
" If I had the uniform on, you didn't doubt for a moment I was a pilot. No one ever blinked an eye if I tried to cash a cheque wearing that uniform. "
" If I had walked into a dry cleaning store, and I had looked over, and the register drawer was open with money inside, I wouldn't have taken it. "
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