Fraud Audit Techniques Using Excel
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 through fraud.

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

Course Publication Date: October 11, 2021

This course is available with NO ADDITIONAL FEE if you have an active self study membership or all access membership or can be purchased for $15.00!

Author:Mill Creek Publishing
Course No:AUD-FRAUDXLS-2061
Recommended CPE:1.50
Delivery Method:QAS Self Study
Level of Knowledge:Overview
Prerequisites:Basic knowledge of Excel
Advanced Preparation:None
Recommended Field of Study:Auditing
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.

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