Dusting Your Data for Fraud’s Fingerprints (On-Demand Webinar)

Dusting Your Data for Fraud Fingerprints
Course Level
Delivered via
2 Credits


Fraudsters think that they won’t get caught because they are unique and smart and because nobody’s looking. However, case after case shows that they use the same types of schemes over and over. Whether anybody's looking is under your control.

Focusing on occupational fraud and bribery (and a dash of financial statement fraud), this on-demand webinar will dissect the six common number patterns that fraudsters unknowingly use in their deceptions. These patterns include round numbers, rapidly rising numbers, threshold numbers, non-Benford numbers, duplicate numbers and outlier numbers. For each number pattern type, we will review one or more fraud cases that used that pattern, and how the pattern could be detected in real data using Excel and another forensic analytics program widely known and used.

All of the examples will be from recently prosecuted cases including the college admissions scandal and the COVID-related frauds currently being prosecuted. 


A working knowledge of Excel and familiarity with basic statistics

You Will Learn How To:

Determine how different types of numbers factor into fraud schemes

Identify the implications of Benford’s law in fraud examinations

Recognize applications of data analytics in identifying fraud schemes

CPE Information

CPE Credit: 2 Credits
NASBA Information: Auditing
Advanced Preparation: None
Last Updated: August 2021
Delivery Method: QAS Self-Study


Mark J. Nigrini, PH.D. - Speaker

Mark Nigrini

Accounting Faculty, College of Business & Economics
West Virginia University


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