Detecting Fraud with Data Analytics Workshop




CPE Credit: 24
Course Level: Overview
Prerequisite: Working knowledge of basic functions in one or more of the following software programs: Microsoft Excel, ACL, IDEA, Tableau

According to the ACFE's 2018 Report to the Nations, proactive data monitoring and analysis is among the most effective anti-fraud controls. Organizations which undertake proactive data analysis techniques experience frauds that are 52% less costly and 58% shorter than organizations that do not monitor and analyze data for signs of fraud. 

The Detecting Fraud with Data Analytics Workshop will teach you how to plan, design, and apply numerous data analytics tests in order to detect various fraud schemes. You will also discover how to examine and interpret the results of those tests to identify the red flags of fraud.

The first day of the course will provide a solid foundation on which to build your data analytics initiatives, from understanding the types of tests that can be used to tying your tests to the fraud risk assessment, properly preparing and normalizing your data for testing, and effectively communicating the results of your analysis. On days two and three, you will link your new knowledge of analytical tests, data sources, and fraud schemes while applying data analysis techniques to real data sets and scenarios.

Bring your own laptop and the software you are most comfortable with,* and practice using data analytics to uncover the red flags of fraud. You will work through cases covering a variety of fraud schemes, including purchasing fraud, corruption, payroll manipulation, and financial statement fraud.

* Practical exercises can be conducted in Microsoft Excel, ACL, IDEA, or Tableau. In order to participate in this workshop, attendees will need to bring one or more of these software programs fully installed and ready to use on their own laptop. Technical support for installing and running these programs will NOT be provided.

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You Will Learn How To:  

Recognize the types of data and available tools that can be used to look for signs of fraud

Implement numerous traditional and non-traditional data analysis techniques

Identify anomalies and recognize common red flags of fraud that appear in the data

Apply the full data analysis process, including planning, data preparation, analysis and effectively communicating the results

Design and run targeted data analytics test to detect various types of fraud schemes

Use your own laptop and software* to perform data analysis techniques designed to detect fraud


Members: $1195
Non-Members: $1495

*Pricing listed is for U.S. events. International event pricing may vary by location. Please view the individual event page for International pricing.


CPE Credit 



Field of Study


Course Level


Working knowledge of basic functions in one or more of the following software programs: Microsoft Excel, ACL, IDEA, Tableau

Advanced Preparation 



Delivery Method 



*Please note: Schedule listed is for U.S. and Canadian events. All events outside of the U.S. and Canada are pushed back 30 minutes with registration beginning at 8:00 a.m. and the last session ending at 4:55 p.m. 


  Day One  

Introduction to Data Analytics and the Data Analysis Process 

This session will introduce you to the uses, benefits and challenges of data analytics techniques, as well as the types of data that can be analyzed and some software options for performing data analysis tests. Participants will also learn how to formulate and apply and overarching methodology for building a data analytics program and how to tie the process to the organization's fraud risk assessment to most effectively detect fraud.

Prepping, Normalizing and Harmonizing Data

The results of any data analysis technique are only as good as the underlying data that is examined. One of the most important steps - and often one of the biggest challenges - in data analytics initiatives involves preparing and normalizing the data for analysis. In this session, participants will explore common issues and effective solutions for ensuring the data they have obtained is properly prepared normalized and harmonized before they begin their testing. 


Fundamental Data Analysis Techniques

In this session, participants will discuss many of the most common data analysis techniques - such as duplicate testing, matching, gap testing and compliance verification - that can be used through the data and identify anomalies and red flags of fraud.

Other Data Analysis Techniques

There are numerous sophisticated analysis techniques that can be particularly useful in analyzing datasets for symptoms of fraud. This session includes discussions of Benford's Law analysis, regression analysis, reasonableness testing and several other tools that data analysts can use to take their fraud detection efforts to the next level. Participants will also earn about non-traditional data analysis tests that identify the red flags of fraud, such as textual, visual and timeline analytics, as well as transactional risk-ranking techniques. 

Effectively Communicating the Results of Data Analytics

Once the data has been analyzed and conclusions drawn, the fraud examiner often must convey what has been learned. However, effectively communicating those results can be a challenge for many examiners, both experienced and novice. This session will discuss how to effectively communicate the results of data analytics to both internal and external audiences. 

  Day Two and Three

Learn about specific fraud schemes and their red flags, then practice designing and implementing targeted data analytics tests to uncover them.

Schemes covered will include financial statement fraud, payroll fraud, fraudulent expense reimbursements, accounts payable manipulation, corruption, inventory and IP theft, corporate credit card abuse, and more. 



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. Should an event be cancelled or postponed by the ACFE due to unforeseen circumstances, ACFE will process a full refund of registration fees within 30 days of such circumstances becoming known. ACFE will attempt to notify affected customers by phone and email after it determines cancellation is necessary.


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