Frank Abagnale, the famous conman portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio in Steven Spielberg's Catch Me if You Can, told CNBC that white-collar crime needs more attention than ever.
"Technology breeds crime, it's become 1,000 times easier to do now what I did 50 years ago," he said in a televised interview on Friday.
Despite the advent of the digital age, Abagnale said the mindset behind fraud hasn't changed much.
"It's really the same thing. I've had to learn a lot more obviously about computers. But in order for people to believe I was who I said I was [when I was a conman], I had to authenticate that. So whether it was a phony pilot's ID or driver's license, it was a means of authenticating myself," he said.
"[Today] you have to authenticate that the person on the computer is in fact who they say they are," he added.
During the 1960s, Abagnale successfully cashed $2.5 million in fraudulent checks across the United States and 26 foreign countries by impersonating various professions including an airline pilot, an attorney, a college professor and a pediatrician.