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Surgent’s Why Do They Do It? The Psychology of Fraud (SSAA610/23)

Event Description

This course will discuss the psychology behind white-collar crime. It will conclude with a conversation with Abby Ellin, author of Duped. This is the third of five 2-hour courses in Surgent’s Fraud Certificate Program. This program includes a combination of lectures, animated videos, and live interviews with white-collar offenders and whistle-blowers. Each course is designed to be engaging and informative and will enhance your understanding of fraud.

Designed For

Professionals who want to understand the psychological background of acts of fraud


  • Recognize the reasons why fraud is committed by understanding a variety of psychological theories behind it

Major Subjects

  • The fraud triangle
  • The truth default theory
  • The concept of cognitive dissonance
  • Confirmation bias
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