Available courses

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

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.

The aim of the Peter Darby Associates Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist training programme is to provide a comprehensive suite of modules at Foundation Level which, on successful completion, will allow students to carry out the full range of duties of the Accredited Counter Fraud Specialist in a professional manner.