What makes a good con man? They have to be charming, clever, and incredibly, incredibly confident. Those traits are certainly admirable, and certainly makes it hard to tell them no. Some men are better at it than others, and these con men are some of the most admirable fellas around, if you can look past their crimes.
1 of 12 Frank Abagnale: Catch Him if You Can
Today he’s one of the most respected authorities on fraud prevention, but Frank Abagnale was the ultimate con man. If you’ve seen Catch Me If You Can, you know what I mean. Although he had a relatively short criminal career before he got caught, he certainly made his time count. From ages 16 to 21, he posed as an airline pilot, a doctor, a lawyer, and a college professor, while cashing more than $2.5 million worth of fraudulent checks. That takes some nerve. What takes even more nerve was his first con at the age of 15. His father gave him a gasoline credit card and a truck help him get to and from his part-time job. Abagnale bought whatever he could at the gas station and tried to return it for cash. The total bill added up to over $3,400.