Understanding the Mindset of a Fraudster




CPE Credit: 8
Course Level: Overview
Prerequisite: None

Once a fraud scandal goes public, the “what, when, where and how” become a matter of public record. But what about the “why”? What drives these individuals to lie, cheat and swindle? Understanding the path a fraudster takes from employee to criminal can provide valuable insight that can help strengthen your anti-fraud initiatives and make your fraud examinations more successful. 

Take a fascinating look inside the mind of a fraudster during this one-day ACFE course.  Through discussions of human behavior, video interviews with convicted fraudsters and interactive problem-solving, you will gain a deeper understanding of motivations and personality traits common to many fraudsters.

Upcoming Courses    

Atlanta, GA | February 15, 2017


You Will Learn How To:  

Recognize common characteristics of fraud perpetrators 

See what societal and organizational factors can lead to fraud

Recognize red flags of employee behavior

Use behavioral knowledge to enhance your fraud examination

Design anti-fraud programs to include behavioral characteristics  

Who Should Attend:  

Certified Fraud Examiners and other anti-fraud professionals 

Attorneys, legal professionals and law enforcement personnel

Detectives and private investigators 

Internal and external auditors, CPAs, CAs and forensic accountants 

Governance, risk management and compliance officers 

Loss prevention and security professionals

Ethics Icon  This course satisfies the ACFE’s requirement of two Ethics CPE hours per year. To read more about the Ethics CPE requirement for CFEs, please visit  ACFE.com/EthicsCPE 

Members: $295
Non-Members: $395


CPE Credit 


Field of Study

Behavioral Ethics


Course Level 



Advanced Preparation 



Delivery Method 


  Day One  
7:30-8:00 a.m.   Registration & Continental Breakfast   
8:00-9:20 a.m. 

Understanding the Behaviors and Motivations to Commit Fraud 

9:20-9:35 a.m.  Break 
9:35-10:55 a.m. 

Pressures, Opportunities and Rationalizations for Fraud 

10:55-11:10 a.m.  Break  
11:10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Individual Traits and Fraudulent Behavior 

12:30-1:30 p.m.  Group Lunch  
1:30-2:50 p.m. 

Using Behavioral Knowledge in Your Examination

2:50-3:05 p.m.  Break  
3:05-4:25 p.m.  

Fighting Back: Fraud Prevention Strategies 

Event Cancellation Policy 

Our cancellation policy is intended to keep costs low for attendees. Due to financial obligations incurred by ACFE, Inc. you must cancel your registration prior to the start of the event. Cancellations received less than 14 calendar days prior to an event start date are subject to a $100 administrative fee. No refunds or credits will be given for cancellations received on or after the start date of the event. Those who do not cancel and do not attend are responsible for the full registration fee.


Satisfaction Guarantee 

ACFE seminars are unmatched in scope and effectiveness and backed by our unconditional satisfaction guarantee. If you attend an ACFE event and are not completely satisfied, please contact an ACFE Member Services Representative at MemberServices@ACFE.com or call (800) 245-3321 / +1 (512) 478-9000.


NASBA CPEThe Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Inc. is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website: www.nasbaregistry.org


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