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 do 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 through fraud.

There is an accompanying Excel file so that you can walk through all the exercises.

Learning Objectives
  • Recognize and identify when Auto Filter and conditional formatting may be utilized to highlight exceptions.
  • Recognize how to use VLOOKUP and IFERROR/IFNA functions when comparing lists.
  • Recognize different array formulas, lookup functions as well as a few other functions that are useful for comparing lists and displaying data.
  • Identify and eliminate duplicate items.
  • Identify gaps in a sequence using Excel.
  • Recognize Benford’s Law and how it to use it.
Last updated/reviewed: August 22, 2023
23 Reviews (92 ratings)

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Anonymous Author
VERY basic and limited course on how to apply a very select and restricted list of tips and tricks Excel is capable of. Spelling mistakes, contextual errors, little to no work-arounds for what is cited as Excel's lack of capabilities, etc. Better off fiddling with Excel and consulting the various forums for your answers than taking this course....

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Anonymous Author
I enjoyed this text based course. Course materials were well written and exercise workbook was easy to follow. Learned some new skills in that will help me evaluate and analyze data quicker. This course introduces you to some quick and easy conditional format techniques. Good course and appropriated CPE earned for time it took to complete.

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I liked the course and was useful especially as a reference tool for later use. The formulas and logical tests highlighted I think will be useful. Prefer the lecture based however. Hard to keep focused by just reading.

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Anonymous Author
This course had lots of great ideas about how to review data sets and find anomalies or any variety of challenges. I learned things I was not aware of and enjoyed thinking about and practicing the examples presented.

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Anonymous Author
An excellent review of both Excel data filter functions and formulas, as well as introducing fraud red flags that may be present in data...and using these functions to detect these red flags in Excel data sets

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This was a great course for some standard, but helpful auditing formulas. The formulas taught in this course are a great starting point for additional investigation.

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Anonymous Author
Very useful. I enjoyed this class, it was a reminder for some functions, but useful tools for others that I'll definitely employ.

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Anonymous Author
I am not a fraud accountant but I've always been interested in forensic accounting, and found this course extremely insightful!

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Anonymous Author
There are some great tips in this material that can allow you to find potential issues that could use further investigation.

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Member's Profile
Wonderful and easy-to-use tools that make data analysis and auditing much more time efficient and reduces the risk of error.

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Member's Profile
Excellent course on powerful techniques to hunt down anomalies, duplicates, and data that needs further investigation.

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Anonymous Author
I like that this course explained and showed the different results on how to use excel formulas to gather information

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Member's Profile
This course was beneficial, because how frequently I use excel, and the importance of identifying fraud.

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Anonymous Author
Good course, need to read the material, something different vs all the powerpoint presentaiotsons.

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Member's Profile
Simple course but could have been more effective if it was instructor lead vs. text based course.

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Member's Profile
Concise descriptions with good hands-on examples made this course interesting and informative.

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Member's Profile
Very easy to follow and useful course. This is the best excel course I have taken so far.

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Anonymous Author
Thank you very much for the excellent explanations. I will benefit from what I learned.

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Member's Profile
I liked the course, it is clear, good examples were given, straightforward. Thank you.

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Anonymous Author
The course was good. I liked the hands-on approach of applying the formulas.

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Member's Profile
Very easy to understand and a helpful course for many different things.

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Member's Profile
Nice refresher for excel skills that can be used to detect fraud.

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Anonymous Author
I learned a couple of nifty tricks for excel. Very good course.

Prerequisites
Course Complexity: Foundational

No advanced preparation or prerequisites are required for this course.

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  Fraud Audit Techniques Using Excel PDF
  Workbook: Fraud Audit Techniques Using Excel XLXS
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