Frank Abagnale was an American thief who went to prison in 1971. He had a gift that was ideal for a conman of that era — he could fake personal cheques.
This was long before Apple Pay and Next appeared. People used to pay for restaurant bills, hotel rooms and even groceries using personal cheques. In America (an advanced country with backward practices), cheques are still common.
Abagnale’s specialty was to rob people when they least expected it. His charm and confidence was magnetic. Victims were blinded by his smiling manner.