Fraud Investigation: Making a Difference

  • Categories Law
  • Duration 14h
  • Total Enrolled 8
  • Last Update September 27, 2020

About Course

Coventry University


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.

Who will you learn with?


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


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.


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.



Who developed the course?

Coventry University logo

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.

What Will I Learn?

  • 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.

Topics for this course

14 Lessons14h

What is fraud??

What is fraud exactly? How is it defined in UK law and what are its effects on individuals, society and the financial system? These questions are answered in this section.
Expert interview: What do we mean by fraud?00:03:50
The legal definition of fraud
The three classes of fraud
The costs of fraud

Fraud factors?

Why does fraud happen and what elements make it more likely to happen? These questions will be answered in this section.

Fraud types?

What are the main types of fraud committed in the UK? What do they have in common and what are their unique features? These questions will be answered in this section.

Student Feedback


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The course content was good and it will be useful in professional life it can helps to prevent the frauds.

The course was really good and covers the practical part of frauds which have occur ed during the past. It contains the many fraud cases along with reasons for frauds.

Anyone who wants an bird's eye view about Forensic Accounting & Fraud Investigation can surely subscribe for this course.

The detection which just I came to know to help us to stay away as well as investigation any fraudulent activities happened nearby me.


Material Includes

  • Official Certificate

Target Audience

  • This foundation 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 staff described in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below may be subject to change.