Why Good People Do Bad Things

Get a review of the basics of fraud, including understanding its legal definition and an overview of different fraud schemes. Participants will learn how the leading fraud theories have changed over time, the characteristics of a fraudster and how various frauds are committed. Emphasis will be placed on practical tips for preventing and detecting fraud that organizations should implement immediately. This course explores ethical decision-making with an emphasis on fraud using findings from the fields of criminology/sociology, cognitive psychology, and clinical psychology.

Learning Objectives
  • Recognize the red flags of fraud
  • Identify factors that keep us from taking action in line with moral judgement
  • Recognize motivations and temptations, contributing psychological factors and structural and environmental factors of committing fraud
  • Detect and prevent fraud

Major Topics
  • Fraud basics
  • Why people commit fraud
  • Red flags of fraud
  • Motivational, contributing psychological and environmental factors of fraud
  • Ethical decision-making

Who Should Attend

All levels of staff

Fields of Study
Behavioral Ethics



Business Learning Institute

CPE Credits


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