Contract and Procurement Fraud (Online Self-Study)

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 course explores the contracting process from the perspective of fraud. 


Key Takeaways:  

  • Differences between public and private procurement 
  • Red flags associated with bribery and corruption schemes 
  • How to uncover procurement fraud schemes 
  • How outside contractors can contribute to exploiting contracts and procurement processes 
  • How to perform fraud risk assessments 

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CPE Information:

You Will Learn How To: 

  • Relate basic aspects of the processes organizations use to contract for goods and services 
  • Identify the essential components of an enforceable contract and distinguish between the types of contracts used to purchase goods or services 
  • Distinguish between public and private procurement 
  • Identify common civil, criminal and administrative actions for procurement fraud 
  • Relate key information about the different types of bribery and corruption schemes, and identify red flags and risk factors of such schemes 
  • Recognize the characteristics and common forms of procurement fraud schemes involving collusion among third-party contractors 
  • Identify the ways in which procurement employees can collude with outside contractors to exploit contract and procurement processes for fraudulent purposes 
  • Identify the ways in which perpetrators can commit fraud using procurement methods that do not provide for full and open competition 
  • Recognize the characteristics and common forms of procurement fraud schemes that occur while contracting parties fulfill their contractual obligations 
  • Ascertain the technical knowledge required to develop and perform fraud risk assessments 
  • Determine the appropriate measures to detect and prevent the different types of fraud schemes that target procurement processes 
  • Determine the appropriate measures to take in investigative efforts to uncover procurement fraud schemes 





Table of Contents:

  • 1: The Basics of the Contract and Procurement Process
  • 2: Contracts in the Procurement Process
  • 3: Public Versus Private Procurement
  • 4: Criminal Actions in Contract and Procurement Fraud
  • 5: Civil and Administrative Actions
  • 6: Bribery and Corruption
  • 7: Third-Party Fraud in Contract and Procurement
  • 8: Collusion Between Employees and Third Parties
  • 9: Anti-Competitive Practices
  • 10: Performance Schemes
  • 11: Fraud Risk Management for Contract and Procurement Fraud
  • 12: Detection and Prevention Programs
  • 13: Investigating Contract and Procurement Fraud

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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.

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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:

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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:

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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.

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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.