Virtual Seminar

Investigating on the Internet: Research Tools for Fraud Examiners

  • Jul 11-13, 2023 10:00 a.m.
  • Central Standard Time
Course Level
Delivered via
3 Days


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

Navigate emerging internet trends, including the dark web and cryptocurrencies

Mine social networking sites, such as Facebook and LinkedIn, for data in your investigation

Analyze the evidence you have found and close the investigation

CPE Information

CPE Credit: 16
Advanced Preparation: None
Delivery Method: Group Internet Based

Credit by Field of Study

Information Technology: 16 credits

Registration & Fees

Registration Fee:

ACFE Members: $625

Non-Members: $725

Early Registration Deadline: June 12, 2023
Register by the Early Registration Deadline to SAVE USD $125!

Course Outline

Day One

  • 10:00 – 11:20 a.m. Introduction and Important Considerations

    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.

  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. Beginning Internet Investigations

    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.

  • 1:20 – 2:40 p.m. Getting the Most Out of the Basics

    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.

  • 2:50 – 4:10 p.m. Making Connections Using Technical Information

    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.

Day Two

  • 10:00 – 11:20 a.m. Public Records and Commercial Databases

    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.

  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. Investigating Social Media

    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.

  • 1:00 – 2:20 p.m. International Due Diligence

    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.

Day Three

  • 10:00 – 11:20 a.m. Emerging Trends in Internet Investigations

    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.

  • 11:30 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. Putting the Pieces Together

    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.

  • 1:00 – 2:20 p.m. Putting It to Good Use: Practical Exercises

    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

Headshot - Mason Wilder

Research Manager
Association of Certified Fraud Examiners

Mason Wilder is the research manager for the ACFE. In this role, he manages the creation and updates of ACFE materials for continuing professional education, assists with the planning and organization of all live training events, works on research initiatives such as the Report to the Nations and benchmarking reports, conducts trainings, writes for all ACFE publications, and responds to member and media requests. 

Prior to joining the ACFE, Wilder worked in corporate security intelligence and investigations at several companies over a decade, specializing in background and due diligence investigations, as well as intelligence analysis for international physical security and crisis response.
Throughout his career, he has relied heavily on open-source intelligence gathering and analysis to support investigations, security operations, executive protection, kidnap for ransom and maritime piracy response, emergency evacuations, and risk assessments. He is a former licensed private investigator and earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.


Payment must be received by June 12, 2023 to receive early registration discount. 

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