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The "ACFE" trap in your e-mail

Editorial Staff

We've received an e-mail from a company with a .ae domain name. It offers us a spectacular opportunity to become a "Certified Fraud Examiner."

There's just one problem: once we started to read the e-mail it was clear that the headline was not true

The Message is headed "Become a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) within 4 Days."

The body says "The *Certified Fraud Examiner* certification by the *Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE)* is considered as the gold standard of excellence in the anti-fraud profession worldwide. By becoming a CFE, you will gain the knowledge you need to prevent, detect and deter fraud inside your organization, as well as conduct effective fraud examinations."

Well, the first sentence is true. The first part of the second sentence is debatable and what follows is highly unlikely for rather more experience than a four day course provides would be needed.

But what is most troubling is that the course does not lead to the qualification.

The company, Open Thinking, effectively, provides a crammer (nothing at all wrong in that) but it does not turn people into ACFE qualified persons.

That's what examinations held by the ACFE do and that is not part of the course although the course fee does include both one year's membership of ACFE and the examination fee.

The course may be excellent, it may deliver results, we cannot say. But we do say that a major misrepresentation as to the the outcome is a cause for concern.