Inside the Fraudster's Mind

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8 Credits


Understanding the thoughts and feelings of a fraudster can provide valuable insight to enhance an organization’s anti-fraud efforts. Knowing why fraudsters commit their crimes can help you learn how to prevent fraud by addressing the circumstances that lead to it. Gaining insight into the way perpetrators rationalize their actions can also help you deter others from forming similar rationalizations in the future. And possessing an understanding of the human element of fraud might give you an edge in gaining an admission during an interview.

This course takes an inside look at the fraudster’s mind, exploring psychological information that is key to the successful development of a fraud prevention and detection program. This course includes a 50-minute online video examining ten common critical thinking errors displayed by fraudsters and how they are manifested in convicted perpetrators. A DVD of this video can also be purchased individually.



You Will Learn How To:

Categorize ten common critical thinking errors associated with ethical behavior

Compare the categories of perpetrators and how they are correlated to the reasons perpetrators commit crimes

Differentiate between various criminological theories of human behavior

Identify common motivations for committing fraud

Identify indicators of deception

CPE Information

This course fulfills the annual ethics CPE requirement for CFEs. Learn more about the ethics CPE requirements for CFEs.
CPE Credit: 8
NASBA Information: Behavioral Ethics
Advanced Preparation: None
Last Updated: March 2023
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.

Online CPE Exam Grading

Online grading is available for ACFE self-study workbook courses. Complete the course offline at your convenience, but take the exam online the moment you're ready. Featuring instant exam results and a printable certificate, online grading offers a quick and convenient way to earn CPE.

Benefits of online grading include:

  • Instant exam results
  • Printable CPE certificate
  • Complete the course at your own pace
  • Take the exam online the moment you're ready


The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Inc. is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:

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