A former top fraudster is coming to the West Midlands to tell firms the secrets of the dark side.
Experian, the global information solutions company, is bringing Frank Abagnale, claimed to be one of the most daring confidence tricksters, forgers, impostors and escape artists in history, to discuss fraud trends and prevention techniques with business leaders from the UK's financial services industry.
It takes place at Experian's Fraud Forum on September 12 at Chesford Grange in Warwickshire.
Now one of the world's most respected authorities on the subject of fraud prevention, Mr Abagnale has worked with the FBI for more than 30 years, as well as hundreds of banks and other organisations, helping to reduce their exposure to fraud, forgery and embezzlement.
Between 16 and 21 Mr Abagnale enjoyed a brief but notorious criminal career during which he assumed various identities in order to pass off approximately $2.5 million in counterfeit cheques.
His youthful exploits were chronicled by Steven Spielberg in the 2002 film Catch Me If You Can, which starred Leonardo DiCaprio.
The annual Fraud Forum is an established industry event that brings together around 200 directors and other senior managers from the UK's financial services community to discuss fraud prevention.
Representatives of a number of institutions, including Nationwide Building Society and KPMG, will address the forum on topics ranging from card acquiring merchant fraud and card not present fraud, to staff fraud.
"Punishing the perpetrators of fraud and recovering stolen funds is a rarity. Prevention is the only viable course of action in the fight against fraud," said Mr Abagnale.
"Fraud is a complicated crime with many different faces. By sharing information and best practice, firms can better understand the nature of fraud and take steps to clamp down on it."