My favorite social media search tools

Social search

Whether you’re conducting an investigation or gathering intelligence, it’s becoming harder and harder to ignore social media. Companies and individuals are getting on board to promote their brand, share knowledge, or stay connected. And all those posts and the links they contain may provide pieces of information that make a huge impact. Unfortunately, social media […]

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My CFE journey – Mission accomplished

CFE logo

A little over six months ago, I embarked on my journey to become a Certified Fraud Examiner, and I’m happy to announce that I’ve reached my goal. During the last week of August, I completed my application and all four sections of the exam. It took just a few days to learn that I passed, […]

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CFE credential – The final push

finish line

Since last year, I’ve been working on pursuing my CFE credential and the daunting task of studying for the required exam. As with many goals, this one is taking a lot longer than anticipated, and now I’m left to wonder why, on this beautiful Colorado summer day, I’m stuck inside studying. It’s been difficult fitting […]

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Become an informed voter – it’s your right

Information sources-presidential election, campaign

It’s that time of year in the U.S. On top of  enduring one of the strangest presidential campaigns that anyone can remember, we have to put up with those mud-slinging political ads that tell us nothing about where the candidates stand on the issues or what they plan to do about them. So, to help […]

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Negative news searches – Pros and cons

Pros and cons of negative news searches

Many providers of due diligence background investigations limit their media research to just negative news. Rather than gather everything they can about their subject from news and social media, they construct searches with keywords such as lawsuit, fraud, sanctions, and investigation to pull out just the bad news. If they don’t find any past instances […]

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Due Diligence Hall of Shame – The other guy checked them out

Due diligence wall of shame

I’ve been collecting articles that illustrate some of the best reasons for conducting due diligence and some of the best examples of due diligence mistakes. It’s time to share these with you, starting with the missteps by Walgreens executives when vetting Theranos, prior to their soon-to-be doomed partnership . As reported by the Wall Street Journal, […]

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More Google alternatives

Options - Google alternatives

According to the stats, by far the most popular post on this site is My Favorite Google Alternatives. It seems that we love Google, but we’re still looking for a better search engine. While it’s size and broad scope make Google great, there are times when we need something smaller and focused. In light of […]

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Update: My CFE journey

My CFE journey

In a previous post, I let everyone know about my plans to pursue the Certified Fraud Examiner credential. After a little over a month, it’s time for an update. To prepare for the exam, I’m using the online CFE Exam Prep Course from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. This course is amazing, and I […]

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The top 3 fraud trends to prepare for in 2016

2016 Fraud Trends

As mentioned in a previous post, I’m working towards my Certified Fraud Examiner credential. In doing so, I’ve immersed myself in all things related to fraud, including podcasts from the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. In the latest podcast, John Gill, ACFE VP of Education, talks about the three top fraud trends that he predicts […]

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