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Investigating on the Internet: Research Tools for Fraud Examiners

  • May 03, 2021
  • 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Zoom (Online)


  • Discounted registration for members of the Austin Chapter
  • This type of registration is only available for students who are current members of the Austin Chapter of the ACFE.

Investigating on the Internet

Research Tools for Fraud Examiners

5/3/2021 (8:00 AM - 12:30 PM)

4 CPE Credit Hours

Course Info: Are you using online resources in your internal and external investigations to your best advantage? Presented in non-technical terms, Investigating on the Internet: Research Tools for Fraud Examiners will teach you how to use the internet to find and follow leads, and make your fraud examinations more effective.

With a better understanding of the information available online, you can increase the efficiency and success of your fraud examinations. In this seminar, you will learn how to locate evidence online using search engines, commercial databases and social media sites. This seminar will also discuss methods for conducting international due diligence, give an overview of emerging trends such as cryptocurrencies and the dark web, and more. The instructor will put these resources into a fraud investigation context while also covering the important considerations for fraud examiners carrying out online investigations

About the Presenter: 

Cynthia HerringtonCynthia Hetherington, CFE, MLS, MSM, CII, is the founder and president of Hetherington Group, a cyber investigations consulting, publishing and training firm. With more than two decades of expertise, Hetherington is a leader in due diligence, corporate intelligence and cyber investigations. 

She is the author of three books on conducting cyber investigations and annually trains more than 7,200 investigators; security professionals; attorneys; accountants; auditors; military intelligence professionals; and federal, state, and local agencies on best practices. 

Hetherington leads national and international investigations in corporate due diligence and fraud, personal asset recovery and background checks. With a specialization in the financial, pharmaceutical and telecommunications industries, her cyber investigations have recovered millions of dollars in high-profile corruption cases, assisting on the investigations of the top two Ponzi cases in U.S. history.

Registration Fee:

Members: $75

Non-member Fee: $150



MAY 3, 2021 

8:00 a.m. - 9:20 a.m. 

Beginning Internet Investigations

Start your investigation using the broadest and most accessible internet search tools, such as Google and Bing. This block will teach you how to take elemental searches to the next level and get a higher-quality results. Learn about proximity searches, customized alerts, search operators and other features most users never employ.

9:20 a.m. - 9:35 a.m. 


9:35 a.m. - 10:55 a.m. 

Public Records and Commercial Databases

Today, everything is kept as an electronic record. Most of what a fraud examiner is looking for in public records can be accessed online—no more weary days in the depths of city hall or some courthouse. But how do you find what you are looking for? What can you expect to find? This block outlines what is available and where. The limitations of these records are also discussed.

10:55 a.m. - 11:10 a.m. 


11:10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

Investigating Social Media 

Fraud examiners can uncover many aspects of a case with a good working knowledge of how these websites encourage the sharing of personal information. Social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and many more can be sources of investigative data to the fraud examiner who knows how to mime them for data. 

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Refund, Cancellation & No-Show Policy: Refunds of fees paid for internet-based sessions may be provided only if registrant contacts Austin ACFE within 24 hours of the start time of the session & documents an emergency or similar event that prevented participation. For in-person events, registration cancellations and refund request must be made by contacting Austin ACFE within 5 calendar days from the start time of the session. Cancellations received less than 5days prior to events will not be refunded except for exigent circumstances. Contact must be made via email to:

In the event a registrant does not show up to an event, the registration cost will be forfeited. If payment at the door was the selected method, the registrant will be billed for the full cost of the event. The Austin ACFE reserves the right to bar from future events registrants who routinely register and fail to pay and/or attend the event.

For events provided by the Austin chapter at no cost to registrants, there will be no refunds.

Complaint Resolution Policy: Any concerns or complaints about registration for an event must be made within 14 calendar days of the event (with the event date counting as day 1) in writing to:

NASBA Registry: The Austin Area chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:

Non-profit Status: The Austin Area Chapter of The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners is a non-profit organization formed in the State of Texas and registered as a 501 (C) (6) Organization with the IRS.

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