Online course in Law

Fraud Investigation: Making a Difference

Explore the UK’s most common types of fraud and examine fraud factors and theories to better protect yourself and others.

Fraud Investigation: Making a Difference

  • Duration 2 weeks
  • Weekly study 2 hours

Explore the skills required to make a difference and prevent fraud

Fraud is a great challenge facing communities today. The methods used by criminals to steal from individuals and organisations are constantly evolving and becoming more sophisticated. This makes it even harder for fraud to be prevented.

On this course, you will study with the City of London Police the skills needed to conduct an effective and proactive fraud investigation. You will look at the key enablers of fraud and learn how to apply the Fraud Investigation Model. Upon successful completion of this course, you should feel more confident in your ability to fight against fraud.

What topics will you cover?

  • Fraud types and factors: this topic will focus on the meaning and nature of fraud, fraud factors and the most common fraud types by volume reported in the UK.

  • The Fraud Investigation Model: this topic should explore how to use the Fraud Investigation Model to counter fraud.

  • Conducting effective fraud investigations: this topic should help you to understand the factors to be considered in an evaluation of the fraud prior to the investigation. You’ll also study case management considerations specific to fraud investigations.

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced
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What will you achieve?

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

  • Identify the key enablers of fraud
  • Explore the psychology of fraud criminals
  • Interpret the nature of frequently reported fraud types
  • Explain how to implement the Fraud Investigation Model (FIM)
  • Identify case management considerations specific to fraud investigations
  • Interpret principles for working with victims

Who is the course for?

This course is aimed at those interested in taking practical steps to protect themselves and others against fraud. Fraud and how to counter it in a UK context is the main focus of the course but many of the subjects covered are relevant to learners in other countries.

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 will you learn with?

Ian Sales

I have been in the City of London Police for 25 years and, since that time, I have worked with a variety of departments within Economic Crime. I have a law degree, an MA and a Diploma in Education.

Tina O'Donnell

Tina O'Donnell

I am a Police Officer at City of London Police, with over 10 years experience in Fraud and Economic Crime, Action Fraud and the Police National Co-Ordinators office supporting Police Forces in the UK

Michael Betts

Michael Betts

I am a counter fraud learning specialist with 35 years of experience. I have written a range of national investigation programmes and worked with HM Govt. I hold a Masters degree in Fraud Management.

Dr Rasha Kassem

Dr Rasha Kassem

I am an internationally-oriented academic with 13 years of experience in HE. I am a Senior Lecturer at Coventry University, a Certified Fraud Examiner, and a member of the ACFE Fraud Advisory Council.

Who developed the course?

Coventry secured gold in the UK Government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is University of the Year for Student Experience in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

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.