Fraud Audit Techniques Using Excel (FAMC)

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Microsoft Excel provides some easy to use tools that can greatly enhance and expedite the fraud audit process. With all detective work, you want to be able to sift through a large volume of data and utilize a tool that is adequately flexible for you to perform immediate investigations of anything questionable. Excel provides a number of different tools however we are going to focus on a couple of extremely useful ones: Auto filter, Arrays as well as a couple of extremely useful functions that include TEXT,WEEKDAY, IFERROR, IFNA MATCH and MOD. Another tool used in fraud audits that does not necessarily require Excel, but can be used in conjunction with Excel, is Benford’s Law. Benford’s law is based on an observation that in certain large data sets, certain digits appear more frequently than others. By comparing the distribution of first digits in some accounting data, this tool can assist you in determining where more investigation is necessary by helping to pinpoint where data may have been contrived t

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Computer Software & Applications (Non-Technical) (2)

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Computer Software & Applications (Non-Technical)

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Knowledge of how to use basic formulas and functions

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Major Topics:

  • Getting Started with Auto
  • Filter
  • Searching for P.O. Boxes
  • Text Filters
  • Checking EIN Numbers
  • Missing EIN or Telephone Number
  • Reviewing Items Below a Review Threshold
  • Comparing Lists Using Arrays
  • Text functions 
  • Benford's Law

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the uses of auto filter in fraud auditing
  • Recognize when auto filter and conditional formatting may be utilized to highlight exceptions
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