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Scam Detector Frank Abagnale Helps His State Reduce Fraud

Scam detector Frank Abagnale with the medallions he has received from organizations he has coached or helped to prevent or detect fraud.
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     Charleston resident Frank Abagnale has helped the FBI and numerous government agencies and corporations detect and stop fraud for more than 40 years. His expertise in the field comes largely from the fact that between the ages of 16 to 21, Abagnale was himself a scam artist and check forger, whose international exploits are recounted in his book “Catch Me if you Can,” and a major motion picture of the same name. Today, however, Abagnale is glad to have left his life of crime in the past, and has not only prevented billions of dollars in fraud for businesses of all kinds, but has offered his services at no charge to his adopted state. In this segment, Abagnale discusses fraud and gives consumers advice about protecting themselves, and Rick Reames, director of the S.C. Dept. of Revenue, talks about how that agency has benefited from Abagnale’s experience and knowledge.

Tut Underwood is producer of South Carolina Focus, a weekly news feature. A native of Alabama, Tut graduated from Auburn University with a BA in Speech Communication. He worked in radio in his hometown before moving to Columbia where he received a Master of Mass Communications degree from the University of South Carolina, and worked for local radio while pursuing his degree. He also worked in television. He was employed as a public information specialist for USC, and became Director of Public Information and Marketing for the South Carolina State Museum. His hobbies include reading, listening to music in a variety of styles and collecting movies and old time radio programs.