Consumer Fraud

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10 Credits


As a Certified Fraud Examiner and an anti-fraud expert, your community looks to you for guidance related to fraud. This course will provide you with an increased awareness and understanding of common consumer fraud schemes. Additionally, Consumer Fraud will provide you with resources and remedies to detect, deter, report and prevent these schemes – enabling you to better protect yourself and your community from becoming victims. 

Schemes Covered Include: 

  • Entrepreneurial and work-at-home opportunities
  • E-Commerce and online auction
  • Debt and loan
  • Telecommunications and telemarketing
  • Health and medical

Key Takeaways: 

  • Ways to protect yourself and others from becoming victims of consumer fraud schemes
  • Techniques used to commit consumer fraud schemes
  • Effects of consumer fraud on consumers
  • Trends and statistics on consumer fraud



You Will Learn How To:

Recognize characteristics of consumer fraud schemes and the perpetrators

Identify consumer fraud schemes conducted through the Internet

Recall techniques used to commit consumer fraud schemes

Determine ways in which consumers can avoid becoming victims of consumer fraud schemes

Distinguish business and consumer traits that might lead to fraud

Table of Contents

Lesson 1 Consumer Fraud Overview
Lesson 2 Consumer Fraud Delivery Methods
Lesson 3 Online Methods Used to Obtain Consumer Data
Lesson 4 Elder Fraud
Lesson 5 Entrepreneurial Schemes
Lesson 6 Advance-Fee Schemes
Lesson 7 Credit Card Fraud Schemes
Lesson 8 Consumer Debt and Loan Schemes
Lesson 9 Mortgage Fraud Schemes
Lesson 10 Telecommunications and Telemarketing Schemes
Lesson 11 E-Commerce Schemes
Lesson 12 Online Auction Fraud Schemes
Lesson 13 Travel and Vacation Schemes
Lesson 14 Lifestyle Schemes
Lesson 15 Merchandising and Holiday Shopping Schemes
Lesson 16 Educational Development Schemes
Lesson 17 Collectibles Fraud Schemes
Lesson 18 Health and Medical Fraud Schemes
Lesson 19 Automotive Schemes
Lesson 20 Investment Schemes
Lesson 21 Other Consumer Fraud Schemes
Lesson 22 Current Trends and Statistics

CPE Information

CPE Credit: 10
NASBA Information: Auditing
Advanced Preparation: None
Last Updated: November 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.

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System Requirements:

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

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