LAS VEGAS, Aug. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Frank Abagnale, recently appointed AARP Fraud Watch Network ambassador, has advised the FBI on how to outsmart con artists for over four decades. As one of the world's most respected authorities on identity theft, Abagnale is coming to Las Vegas Thursday, September 14 at 6p.m.at the Gold Coast Hotel & Casino to share his expertise and insight to arm individuals with the knowledge and information on how to spot and avoid scams, and the importance of safely using social media so that they can protect their families.
There is a victim of identity theft every two seconds in the United States. Older Americans account for 10% to 13% of these victims, with more than 3.5 billion households affected. The 50+ demographic is the fastest-growing segment of computer and Internet users and, according to the FBI, this makes the segment a more likely target for Internet fraud.
Abagnale, a former master check forger who inspired the 2002 Steven Spielberg film Catch Me if You Can, was once one of the world's most famous confidence men. Today, more than 14,000 financial institutions, corporations and law enforcement agencies use his fraud prevention programs. He has also written numerous articles and books including The Art of the Steal, The Real U Guide to Identity Theft and Stealing Your Life.
Abagnale warns that hackers likely already have many people's identity records from the major security breaches that have occurred over the last two to three years. When hackers steal personal information in a major breach, they tend to warehouse that data for two years or more before they make it available in the criminal marketplace.
Register for this free event, and get more tips for protecting oneself from identity theft, by visiting aarp.cvent.com/abagnalenevada or calling 1-877-926-8300.
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