Open-Source Intelligence for Fraud Examiners

Open Source Intelligence for Fraud Examiners
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The Internet is a powerful and practically endless source of information, and fraud examiners should be utilizing it as a resource in every investigation. The availability of public, or open-source, information on the Internet can greatly enhance fraud examiners’ investigations at all stages of the fraud examination process without requiring consent from investigation subjects or court orders.

In this course, you will learn how to better utilize the Internet as an investigative tool through the use of open-source intelligence techniques and a five-step method designed to make online research more effective and efficient.

Key Takeaways:

  • Issues associated with online investigation, including legal liabilities
  • Ways to protect yourself and your employer from cybersecurity risks and identification by suspects
  • Methods for the proper collection and preservation of online evidence



You Will Learn How To:

Identify useful and important sources of online information

Recognize important considerations for conducting online investigations

Determine how to incorporate information found through open sources into a fraud examination

Identify successful strategies for finding open-source information online

Table of Contents

Part I Before Starting
Lesson 1 Introduction to OSINT
Lesson 2 Key Factors
Lesson 3 Put the Information to Use
Lesson 4 Tools and Resources
Part II A Five-Step OSINT Methodology
Lesson 5 Step 1 Build the Subject’s Profile
Lesson 6 Step 2 Internet Search Engines
Lesson 7 Step 3 Search Social Media
Lesson 8 Step 4 Identify Leads
Lesson 9 Step 5 Follow the Leads
Part III Other Sources of Information
Lesson 10 Public Records
Lesson 11 News
Lesson 12 Maps and Images
Lesson 13 Online Marketplaces
Lesson 14 Whois Information

CPE Information

CPE Credit: 3
NASBA Information: Information Technology
Advanced Preparation: None
Last Updated: July 2023
Delivery Method: QAS Self-Study


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System Requirements:

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

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