A course taking Counter Fraud investigators safely through the dark net. The course builds up an understanding of basic internet networking, anonymising technology, Tor and darknet markets.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate a foundational understanding of internet networking and methods of staying safe and anonymous whilst conducting online investigations.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of what the Dark Web is, and the unique opportunities it gives to fraudsters.
  • Outline the legal, ethical and operational issues surrounding the use of the Dark Web.
  • Demonstrate how to stay safe whilst using Tor and viewing Dark Web sites.
  • Safely explore how ‘dark markets’ work, and examine their role in fraud.
  • Outline how cryptocurrency is used on the Dark Web, and identify its core uses in fraud and money laundering.
  • Demonstrate a practical understanding of the methods available to combat fraud on the Dark Web.

This course provides investigators with the tools needed to analyse digital documents and media with a goal to ascertaining their provenance. 

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • Understand how documents can be analysed, especially in regard to metadata.
  • Understand what metadata is and what it can be used for, along with the limitations of metadata.
  • Use freely available tools to gather and analyse metadata.
  • Understand the basics of combining this metadata with other OSINT. 
  • Create a metadata report in line with best practices.

A course on OSINT for counter-fraud professionals. This course gives students an in depth, practical knowledge of how to conduct Open Source Intelligence investigations.

Learning Outcomes:

    • Understand the Intelligence Cycle
    • Understanding the Internet and networking
    • Online operational security (including VPNs and other anonymising technologies)
    • Advanced online search methodology
    • Phone and Email analysis
    • Advanced Social Media OSINT methodologies (including specific sub-modules on Facebook and LinkedIn)
    • File analysis
    • Recording and evidencing findings
    • Conducting an OSINT investigation in line with the Intelligence Cycle
    • Creating a professional OSINT report

Module Two of the Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist Course.

Learning Aims:

    • State the main provisions of the relevant PACE Act 1984 Codes of Practice
    • Define the terms ‘personal and sensitive personal data’
    • Understand the Data Protection Act 2008
    • Describe the structure and core provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000
    • Understand the Human Rights Act 1998
    • Recognise how the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 protects workers who whistleblow
    • State the protected categories as defined under the Equality Act 2010
    • Define the terms ‘prohibited conduct’ and ‘direct discrimination’ 
    • Gain an understanding of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000
    • Explain the link between the HRA and RIPA
    • Define the term ‘communication’ under the Investigatory Powers (Interception by Businesses etc for Monitoring and Record Keeping Purposes) Regulations 2018
    • Identify circumstances where interception of a communication might be made without the consent of an employee
    • Have an awareness of their own departmental/organisational policy on the application of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998, the Equality Act 2010, the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 and the Investigatory Powers (Interception by Businesses etc for Monitoring and Record Keeping Purposes) Regulations 2018