Ethics for Fraud Examiners in the Digital Age

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2 Credits


As the digital world evolves, so do the ethical issues faced by fraud examiners. The rapid modernization of information and communication processes has advanced the anti-fraud profession in numerous ways, while simultaneously complicating the ethical landscape. This course will help you understand your ethical responsibilities and obligations as a fraud examiner in the digital age.

Key Takeaways:

  • Tips for evaluating internet sources
  • Tips for ethically using social media
  • Core technological competencies fraud examiners should have
  • Ethical responsibilities for safeguarding confidential information
  • Types of breaches of confidentiality


Understanding of the general ethical issues faced by fraud examiners

You Will Learn How To:

Recognize the fraud examiner’s ethical obligation of competence as it pertains to the digital age

Discern the ethical responsibility of fraud examiners to safeguard data that contains confidential information and is obtained during the course of a professional engagement

Differentiate between the information security concerns that should influence the decisions that fraud examiners make about storing and transferring information through electronic means

Identify which information technology laws fraud examiners must comply with to uphold their ethical obligation to avoid illegal conduct

Recognize how fraud examiners’ ethical obligations require that they take steps to ensure the reliability of online information before using any such information in a professional context

Identify how digital forensics impacts the ethical obligations of fraud examiners under the ACFE Code of Ethics

Ascertain how social media used by fraud examiners can lead to ethical lapses

Table of Contents

Lesson 1 Competence in the Digital Age
Lesson 2 Confidentiality in the Digital Age
Lesson 3 Ethics and Information Security
Lesson 4 Digital Law and Ethics
Lesson 5 Relying on Online Information
Lesson 6 Ethics in Digital Forensics
Lesson 7 Ethics and Social Media

CPE Information

This course fulfills the annual ethics CPE requirement for CFEs. Learn more about the ethics CPE requirements for CFEs.
CPE Credit: 2
NASBA Information: Regulatory Ethics
Advanced Preparation: None
Last Updated: October 2022
Delivery Method: QAS Self-Study


CPE Credit

Please note: To be eligible for CPE credit, you must complete the final exam within one year of purchase date. You may only claim CPE credit for a course once.

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System Requirements:

  • Internet access: High-speed connection recommended
  • Speakers required for video sound

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