MRC Online Courses

Fraud Essentials

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In today's digital age, where eCommerce platforms thrive, so does the risk of online fraud. Understanding the foundations of online fraud is crucial whether you're dealing with credit card fraud, marketplace fraud, or first-party misuse (aka friendly fraud). The MRC Fraud Essentials course is a self-paced program that explores the intricacies of online fraud, its perpetrators, and the role of fraud analysts. By the end of the course, you will have a strong foundation in navigating the complex world of online fraud!

Who Should Enroll?

  • Fraud specialists starting in the fraud analysis and prevention field.
  • Fraud analysts staying current on the latest industry standards.
  • eCommerce professionals looking to enhance their store's security and customer trust.
  • Payments professionals aiming to upgrade their fraud knowledge.

Learning Objectives

  • Define online fraud
  • Identify types of fraudsters
  • Categorize types of online fraud attacks
  • Understand the nuances of marketplace fraud
  • Analyze how fraudsters use address manipulation techniques
  • Define social engineering attacks and victim assisted fraud
  • Categorize types of customer fraud
  • Identify the role of a fraud analyst and the techniques used to evaluate fraud

Program Details

  • Program Level: Basic
  • Program Field of Study: Specialized Knowledge
  • Program Delivery Method: QAS Self Study
  • CPE Credits: 3.6
  • Advanced Preparation and/or Pre-requisites: None
  • Pricing: USD $450 (plus applicable taxes) | MRC Members receive a 50% discount on all eLearning courses.

View a sample lesson from the course.

Please allow approx. 4 hours to complete this course. The course culminates with a comprehensive final assessment to evaluate the user's comprehension of the material. Upon successfully completing the final assessment, participants will be awarded a certificate of completion and CPE credits representing their proficiency in the subject matter.


CPE credits can be applied towards industry certifications such as the Certified Payments and Fraud Prevention Professional (CPFPP) and the Certified Fraud Examiners (CFE). 

RAPID Edu Accreditation

The Merchant Risk Council is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the National Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:

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RAPID Edu Refund Policy

For the RAPID Edu program self-study courses, refunds and cancellations are determined on a case-by-case basis. Cancellations and requests for refunds must be communicated in writing to Refunds will not be issued once a course is started. Additionally, courses must be completed within one year of the course enrollment date.

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