Investigating Via Social Media

Investigating Via Social Media
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2 Credits


Social media allows individuals, businesses and organizations to communicate across the world on the internet. In the process, social media sites expose massive amount of information about their users. This information can be very useful to fraud examiners in virtually any type of investigation.

In this course, you will learn the types of investigations in which social media can be a helpful resource, which sites are beneficial to fraud examiners, and how to use them in the collection of information or evidence. This course also explores the history of social media, and the challenges and obstacles involved in using social media for investigations.

Key Takeaways: 

  • Strategies for planning and executing your social media investigation
  • Tips for identifying which social media site will likely provide the most benefit for your investigation type
  • Tips for avoiding ethical and legal pitfalls when conducting a social media investigation
  • Statistics on usage and adoption of social media sites
  • Tools you can use to enhance your social media investigation



You Will Learn How To:

Categorize the types of information potentially available on social media sites

Identify which sites are most useful for different investigations

Recognize challenges, obstacles and considerations associated with using social media in investigations

Determine what types of information available on social media will have a positive impact on an investigation

Identify successful strategies for searching and monitoring social media

Recognize the ethics and legalities of investigating via social media

Table of Contents

Lesson 1 Information Available on Social Media
Lesson 2 When to Investigate Via Social Media
Lesson 3 Social Media Sites
Lesson 4 How to Investigate Via Social Media
Lesson 5 Challenges and Obstacles
Lesson 6 Ethical and Legal Issues
Lesson 7 Conclusion

CPE Information

CPE Credit: 2
NASBA Information: Information Technology
Advanced Preparation: None
Last Updated: May 2024
Delivery Method: QAS Self-Study


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