Contract and Procurement Fraud (Online Self-Study)


Contract Procurement Fraud (Online)

CPE Credit: 6
Course Level: Overview
Prerequisite: None


Most businesses would not exist without reliable outside suppliers. But a few dishonest vendors, contractors or purchasers can cost a company or government agency serious money. This online self-study course explores the contracting process from the perspective of fraud.

You Will Learn How To:

Identify the essential components of an enforceable contract

Compare public and private procurement

Identify common civil, criminal and administrative actions for procurement fraud

Identify the red flags and risk factors of contract and procurement schemes

Recognize the characteristics and common forms of procurement fraud schemes

Recognize measures to detect and prevent fraud schemes that target procurement processes

Determine the appropriate measures to take in investigative efforts to uncover procurement fraud schemes


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Field of study: Specialized Knowledge

Last updated: February 2017

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Table of Contents: 


Lesson 1: The Basics of the Contract and Procurement Process

Lesson 2: Contracts in the Procurement Process

Lesson 3: Public Versus Private Procurement

Lesson 4: Criminal Actions in Contract and Procurement Fraud

Lesson 5: Civil and Administrative Actions

Lesson 6: Bribery and Corruption

Lesson 7: Third-Party Fraud in Contract and Procurement

Lesson 8: Collusion Between Employees and Third Parties

Lesson 9: Anti-Competitive Practices

Lesson 10: Performance Schemes

Lesson 11: Fraud Risk Management for Contract and Procurement

Lesson 12: Detection and Prevention Programs

Lesson 13: Investigating Contract and Procurement Fraud


ACFE online self-study courses feature:

24/7 access to courses through your Internet browser
Save time and quickly earn CPE credits with instant access, grading and printable certificate
The flexibility to start or stop a course and pick-up right where you left off
No additional shipping fees 

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System requirements:


Internet access: High-speed connection recommended

Free Adobe Flash Player 

Speakers required for video sound

Online Self-Study Troubleshooting Guide:

Problem: When I attempt to access my courses from “My Online Learning,” the course never launches, or I receive an error message saying my pop-up blocker needs to be turned off.

Solution: Your web browser must be configured to allow pop-ups in order to access ACFE Self-Study courses. Your browser may prompt you to allow pop-ups, or you may have to allow them manually. You may either allow them for all sites, or allow them just for the current site.

For information on how to manage your pop-up blocker settings in a specific browser, click the link below that corresponds to the browser you are using:

  Internet Explorer
  Google Chrome

Also note that many toolbars, such as the Google Toolbar and Yahoo! include pop-up blockers as well. If you have one or more toolbars installed on your browser with built-in pop-up blockers, you must configure them to allow pop-ups.

Problem: When I click on a course from “My Online Learning,” I am presented with a login page, but my username and password won’t allow me to log in.

Solution: You do not have to log in a second time to access your online self-study. You most likely reached the login page because you clicked the link labeled “Click Here” as shown below:


  Online SS Image Absorb Error 


Do not click that link; instead, allow your browser to automatically open the eLearning window on its own, which should happen after a few seconds. This will log you in automatically so that you can access your online courses.


Problem: I receive the following error when I try to load a different lesson with a course:


  SS Online API Error 


Solution: This occurs in Internet Explorer when trying to load a different lesson without closing the current lesson. This error can be avoided two different ways:


Always close the current lesson before going to another one. Always click the Close Window button (usually the red “X” in the upper right corner) of the current lesson before clicking on another lesson.

Use a different browser. This error seems to only occur in Internet Explorer, so using Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome should resolve the issue (see below for links to download either of these browsers).

Other Troubleshooting Tips: If you encounter other errors, such as courses freezing or crashing, we recommend taking the following action:

Try a different browser. ACFE online self-study courses are designed to run on all modern web browsers, but if you encounter a problem that is not solved using one of the suggestions above, you can try using a different web browser to see if it eliminates the problem. We have most frequently seen where using Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome has resolved an issue that was seen in Internet Explorer.

Mozilla Firefox can be downloaded here
Google Chrome can be downloaded here 


Make sure you are running the latest version of Flash. Go to to see what version of Flash you are running, and then compare that to the table on that page to see what the latest version is for your operating system/browser combination. If you are not running the newest version, you should upgrade and see if that resolves the problem.