Tuesday January 19, 2016
Inside the con artist's confidence game
In 1967, Frank William Abagnale, Jr. posed as a pilot, doctor, and attorney before getting caught forging cheques worth over $2 million. Frank William Abagnale, Jr. is now a successful consultant and world expert on forgery. His story was the subject of the 2002 movie Catch Me If You Can.
How con artists such as Frank Abagnale do just that... again and again... is the subject of a new book by New Yorker writer Maria Konnikova. It's called The Confidence Game: Why We Fall For It... Every Time.
Maria Konnikova was in New York.
Do you have a story about a time you fell for a con artist? ... Please don't be shy or embarrassed.
This segment was produced by The Current's Liz Hoath.
Here are some other famous imposters through history including The Current's interview with Christian Gerhartsreiter: