Alternative Currencies and Fraud (Online Self-Study)


Alternative Currencies and Fraud

CPE Credit: 2
Course Level: Overview
Prerequisite: None


The use of alternative currencies has exploded in recent years with consumers swiftly adopting new payment methods. From cryptocurrencies to reward points, there have never been so many ways to exchange value or to commit fraud. This course will provide you with an increased awareness of alternative currencies, knowledge of their strengths and weaknesses, and the ways in which they can be exploited.

In this course, explore the rapidly expanding world of alternative currencies and their associated fraud schemes. Topics include cryptocurrencies, blockchain, ransomware and many others. Alternative Currencies and Fraud will also provide the background and context needed to maintain awareness of this dynamic new alternative currency landscape.

Key Takeaways:

Types of alternative currencies, including Bitcoin and Ripple

Emerging fraud schemes enabled by alternative currencies

Why blockchain technology may be the future of fraud prevention

Case law related to alternative currencies

Ways of storing cryptocurrencies

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Table of Contents:

Lesson 1: Defining Alternative Currency

Lesson 2: Bitcoin and Other Cryptocurrencies

Lesson 3: Storing Cryptocurrencies

Lesson 4: Risks of Cryptocurrencies

Lesson 5: Blockchain

Lesson 6: Other Alternative Currencies

Lesson 7: Community Currencies

Lesson 8: Alternative Currencies and the Deep Web

Lesson 9: Ransomware

Lesson 10: Case Law Related to Alternative Currencies

CPE Information:

You Will Learn How To:

Assess the current landscape of alternative currencies

Differentiate between various forms of alternative currency

Determine how fraud schemes such as ransomware are enabled by alternative currencies

Identify cryptocurrencies and how their mechanisms can prevent fraud

Recognize fraud threats associated with alternative currencies

Recognize important court cases in the developing law concerning alternative currencies

Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge

Last updated: August 2017

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System requirements:

Internet access: High-speed connection recommended

Free Adobe Flash Player

Speakers required for video sound

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