Inside the Fraudster's Mind

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Course Level: Basic
Prerequisite: None





Understanding the thoughts and feelings of a fraudster can provide valuable insight to enhance an organization’s anti-fraud efforts. Knowing why fraudsters commit their crimes can help you learn how to prevent fraud by addressing the circumstances that lead to it. Gaining insight into the way perpetrators rationalize their actions can also help you deter others from forming similar rationalizations in the future. And possessing an understanding of the human element of fraud might give you an edge in gaining an admission during an interview.


This course takes an inside look at the fraudster’s mind, exploring psychological information that is key to the successful development of a fraud prevention and detection program. Accompanying this workbook is a 50-minute video examining ten common critical thinking errors displayed by fraudsters and how they are manifested in convicted perpetrators.


What you will learn:

The psychology of human behavior

The categories of perpetrators and how they are correlated to the reasons perpetrators commit crimes

Common motivations for committing fraud

Ten common critical thinking errors associated with unethical behavior

Popular rationalizations for committing fraud

Ways organizations can use this information as an important piece of the fraud-prevention-and-detection puzzle


This course fulfills the annual ethics CPE requirement for CFEs. To learn more about the ethics CPE requirement for CFEs, please visit

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Table of Contents 

Sample Chapter 

Sample Video 1 

Sample Video 2 

Field of study: Specialized Knowledge

Last Updated: March 2013


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