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Are you using online resources in your internal and external investigations to your best advantage? Presented in non-technical terms, Investigating on the Internet: Research Tools for Fraud Examiners will teach you how to use the internet to find and follow leads, and make your fraud examinations more effective.
With a better understanding of the information available online, you can increase the efficiency and success of your fraud examinations. In this virtual seminar, you will learn how to locate evidence online using search engines, commercial databases and social media sites, among other resources. This seminar will also discuss methods for conducting international due diligence, give an overview of emerging trends such as cryptocurrencies and the dark web, and more. The instructor will put these resources into a fraud investigation context while also covering the important considerations for fraud examiners carrying out online investigations.
You Will Learn How To:
Conduct fraud examinations using the internet efficiently and legally.
Create advanced searches on popular search engines.
Search public record sources and commercial databases online.
Obtain information from international organizations and entities.
Apply technical information related to websites and email addresses to identify leads.
Mine social networking sites, such as Facebook and LinkedIn, for data in your investigation.
Navigate emerging internet trends, including the dark web and cryptocurrencies.
Analyze the evidence you have found and close the investigation.
Group Internet Based
Credit by Field of Study
Registration & Fees
ACFE Members: $625
Early Registration Deadline: October 1, 2023 Register by the Early Registration Deadline to SAVE USD $125!
Today, a wealth of online information is easily accessible to the fraud examiner. However, before beginning an investigation, investigators should be aware of legal issues and other considerations that can affect or restrict investigations. This opening session discusses issues that examiners face and strategies to address them.
Start your investigation using the broadest and most accessible internet search tools, such as Google and Bing. This session will teach you how to take advantage of the features and capabilities of search engines. Learn about proximity searches, customized alerts, search operators and other features most users never employ.
In this session, participants will explore a number of tools and resources that can significantly aid an investigation if the examiner knows where and how to look. Learn how to fully utilize images and maps, search online marketplaces, inspect a website’s history and aggregate the information sources that you use every day.
Every computer or device connected to the internet and every website has identifying information assigned to them that allows the internet to function and route traffic. Most of this information is easily accessible and can be used for several valuable purposes related to fraud investigation. This session covers this information, how to find it and what you might uncover along the way.
Today, practically every official document is kept as an electronic record. Most of what a fraud examiner is looking for in public records can be accessed online—no more weary days in the depths of city hall or some courthouse. But how do you find what you are looking for? What can you expect to find? This session outlines what is available and where, as well as the limitations of these records.
Fraud examiners can uncover many aspects of a case with a good working knowledge of how social media websites encourage the sharing of personal information. While platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn continue to be sources of investigative data, it’s important to understand recent trends in social media and investigative implications.
Fraud has become borderless, and it can originate from anywhere. An integral skill for modern fraud examiners is the ability to effortlessly cross international borders while tracking down essential information. The internet can help with this in many ways. With specialized search sites, obtaining information about foreign organizations or individuals is not as problematic as it once was. In this session, you will see what information is available and how to access it for your needs.
As cryptocurrencies and the dark web become more significant facilitators of fraud and other crimes, fraud examiners need to understand how they work, how to access them and how to potentially leverage them in an investigation. This session covers cryptocurrencies, the dark web and the internet of things (loT) from the perspective of their relation to fraud and investigations.
This session takes all the tools, resources and concepts discussed in the seminar and illustrates how effective they can be when they all come together in a fraud investigation context. First, steps of the fraud examination methodology are discussed in the context of these tools and resources. Then, case studies demonstrate the application of strategies from the seminar to determine the credibility of a serious allegation and the identification of a suspect in a crime.
In this session, the audience follows the instructor, walking through several prompts developed specifically for this course. These prompts will ask attendees to examine and analyze the activities of suspects by searching for hints and clues from information on the internet. Audience members are encouraged to take a hands-on approach to the practical problems, uncovering additional information to share.
Mason Wilder, CFE - Speaker
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
Payment must be received by October 1, 2023 to receive early registration discount.
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