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Fraud Investigator  What They Do

Just the Facts


Obtains evidence, takes statements, produces reports, and testifies to findings regarding resolution of fraud allegations. May coordinate fraud detection and prevention activities.

This career is part of the Business Management and Administration cluster Business Finance and Accounting pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Documents all investigative activities.
  • Prepares written reports of investigation findings.
  • Gathers financial documents related to investigations.
  • Interviews witnesses or suspects and takes statements.
  • Analyzes financial data to detect irregularities in areas such as billing trends, financial relationships, and regulatory compliance procedures.
  • Reviews reports of suspected fraud to determine need for further investigation.
  • Conducts in-depth investigations of suspicious financial activity, such as suspected money-laundering efforts.
  • Leads, or participates in, fraud investigation teams.
  • Prepares evidence for presentation in court.
  • Coordinates investigative efforts with law enforcement officers and attorneys.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would sit most of the time. There's some walking and standing. You may have to lift and carry things like books, papers or tools weighing 10 lbs. or less.
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves sitting more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Speaking clearly enough to be able to be understood by others
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Overtime work
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Confidential Investigator --
  • Financial Investigator --
  • Forensic Accountant -- Investigates crime related to finance, such as embezzlement, securities fraud, money laundering, and bankruptcies and may also interpret these crimes and work cooperatively with law enforcement officials in order to solve crimes.
  • Forensic Audit Expert --
  • Fraud Manager --
  • Inspector General --
  • Investigations Chief --
  • Investigator --
  • Special Investigation Unit Investigator --
  • Certified Fraud Examiner --