Rogues gallery: 9 infamous social engineers

Social engineers, or "human hackers," have been duping victims from the very beginning of human existence. Here are nine infamous con artists who made history with their scams and schemes.

By , CSO |  Security, Bernie Madoff, slideshow

Frank Abagnale

The man who inspired the movie “Catch Me if You Can,” Frank Abagnale was a social engineer who was able to convince Pan Am employees, and many others, that he was an airline pilot in the 1960’s. By dressing in a Pan Am pilot's uniform, he flew thousands of miles for free when he was just a teenager.

Look official, act official, people will believe you are official.

(Read a CSO Q&A with Abagnale from 2003.)

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