The Insider’s Guide to Social Network Investigations


Mandy Moody, CFE
ACFE Social Media Specialist

Tweetdeck. Statigram. Tumblr. Pinterest. These may all look like words that are missing a few crucial letters, but online, they are digital goldmines for investigators. These social networks are full of personal information, seemingly small details describing every day experiences and, essentially, bread crumbs that often lead examiners to case-breaking motives, deception or direct evidence pertaining to a fraud investigation.

If this all sounds overwhelming or out of your digital comfort zone, rest assured that Cynthia Hetherington, CFE, president of Hetherington Group, will not let you leave the upcoming 25th Annual ACFE Global Fraud Conference without the confidence to search for valuable information on a variety of social networks. Dubbed the “insider’s guide to social network investigations,” Hetherington’s Pre-Conference session, “Incorporating the New Social Media in Fraud Examinations” is full of resources, tools and search engines you can use to enhance, or even solve, your investigations.

You can look forward to walking away with knowing how to: 
•    Locate social media profiles of your target
•    Connect various accounts together
•    Understand the value of online posts and learn how to vet them

The four-hour Pre-Conference session also allows you to dig deeply into the latest online search engines and networks, and gives that extra time for questions and discussion. So, even if you can’t remember how to spell the names of social media networks like Statigram, Tumblr, OkCupid, Tweettunnel or Hootsuite, you will remember how to use them to aid in your next investigation.

Other Pre- and Post-Conference Sessions include:
•    Benford’s Law and Other Analytical Fraud Detection Techniques
•    Preparing for Civil Litigation in a Fraud Examination
•    Auditing/Investigating Fraud Seminar
•    Building a Culture of Fraud Prevention and Detection
•    Professional Interviewing Skills

You can find more details on Hetherington’s session and other Pre- and Post-Conference sessions at