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Fraud Investigation: Following the Money

Explore the scale and risk of fraud, how the UK banking system works and how criminals gain access to UK bank accounts.

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  • Duration

    2 weeks
  • Weekly study

    2 hours
  • 100% online

    How it works
  • Digital upgrade


Enhance your investigative skills and combat fraud

Fraud is evolving and perpetrators are making it harder to trace the money they’ve stolen. This course aims to improve your understanding of how these criminals operate and equip you with the knowledge you need to track down stolen funds.

During the course, you will have the opportunity to explore the nature of money and how it moves through the UK banking system. You will also have the chance to explore the methods criminals use to steal money by fraud crime and how to return it to the victims.

What topics will you cover?

  • The scale of fraud crimes in the UK
  • The meaning and forms of money
  • How the UK banking system works
  • How criminals obtain access to UK bank accounts
  • The journey of money through the UK financial system
  • How to follow the money that has been stolen by fraud criminals

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and join a global classroom of learners. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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Learning on this course

On every step of the course you can meet other learners, share your ideas and join in with active discussions in the comments.

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Interpret the scale and risk of fraud in the UK
  • Explore the nature of money and the UK banking system
  • Identify the methods used by fraud criminals to hide and move the money they have stolen, through the UK banking system
  • Apply the knowledge you have gained through this course to successfully follow the money that has been stolen by fraud criminals

Who is the course for?

This is an online course for professionals who are directly or indirectly involved in fraud investigations. Access is by invitation only.

Please note that the individuals detailed in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below are current staff members and may be subject to change.

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured 5 QS Stars for Teaching and Online Learning in the QS World University Ranking 2020 and has received No. 1 in the world for Massive Open Online Courses in MoocLab’s World University Ranking 2021.

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City of London Police

The Economic Crime Academy is part of the Economic Crime Directorate of the City of London Police. We offer a comprehensive range of courses to provide practitioners with the knowledge and skills to combat ever-growing fraud and economic threats.

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What's included?

Coventry University are offering everyone who joins this course a free digital upgrade, so that you can experience the full benefits of studying online for free. This means that you get:

  • Unlimited access to this course
  • Includes any articles, videos, peer reviews and quizzes
  • Tests to validate your learning
  • A PDF Certificate of Achievement to prove your success when you’re eligible
  • Learning on FutureLearn

    Your learning, your rules

    • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps to help you keep track of your learning
    • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
    • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

    Join a global classroom

    • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
    • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
    • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

    Map your progress

    • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
    • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
    • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

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