Internet Investigation courses

Open Source Intelligence for Fraud Investigations - Foundation



With more and more individuals and businesses embracing the Internet and making it part of their lives, digital footprints are being left in the surface and deep web.  A plethora of data is floating in cyber space and, to an online investigator, the Internet has become a vital tool as web browsers, search engines, and social media monitoring tools have all developed with far more capabilities to assist in the retrieval of information.  This course will introduce individuals to the Internet tools that support investigation of and research into fraud.


  • Understand the internet’s tools for investigation and research
  • Understand search engine jargon
  • Be able to work with digital footprints
  • Have the ability to work with current technologies relevant to fraud investigation
  • Understand investigative systems and how to prepare for the future

Who this course is for

Law enforcement, internal audit, fraud departments, investigators in the private sector and government, finance, retail, government, legal, insolvency sectors.


Entry requirements

This programme is suitable for all regardless of experience



Two days of tutor-led training


Course Content

The course is divided into six modules, each of which will improve an individual’s ability to work with current Internet technologies and will help them to understand the control and investigative systems presented to them.  Because of the rapidly changing nature of open source investigations, this course is designed to be truly cutting edge and the exact content will be updated constantly.


Module One - e-Crime - how criminals use the Internet

An overview of e-crime, current trends, online fraud and identity theft, WiFi exposures, phishing scams, abuse of the web, and social media.


Module Two - Introduction to the Internet and the World Wide Web (WWW)

Explore the World Wide Web (WWW) vs. the Internet, IP (internet Protocol, and DNS (domain name system). Understand Internet protocols (http, https, ftp) and URLs (Uniform Resource Locator). Learn how to effectively use a web browser and Internet cache for deleting and retrieving information


Module Three - Search Engines

Learn about surface search vs deep web search, index vs directory searching, Meta search engines, Automated search techniques, Semantic and cluster search engines, Boolean operators, wild cards and advanced operators and searching outside the UK. Take a look at Google under the spotlight.


Module Four - Social Media Investigations

Learn how to find someone on social media. Explore people and company search sites, social network intelligence and monitoring tools, reverse image search and blog searching.


Module Five - Investigating Online

Determine the owner of a website. Understand IP & DNS lookup and WHOIS tools and how to use them as well as blacklist checks. Learn how to review a webpage or site that is offline.


Module Six - Protecting your ID when Online

Examine how transparent you are, how to disguise your ID, and how to use Internet proxy servers. Learn how to protect your browser and examine security issues going forward.



Ongoing assessment throughout the course



This course is certified by the Commissioner of the City of London Police.


Please note that all current dates are for remote delivery of this course via Microsoft Teams.


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