Q&A with Edward Ofori, CFE

Edward Ofori of Finland became a CFE after preparing for the CFE Exam with the CFE Exam Prep Course. Ofori became interested in fraud when someone close to him fell victim to a Ponzi scheme, giving Ofori the desire to pursue a career in fighting fraud. So this last year, Ofori put aside some time to focus on accomplishing his goal of obtaining his CFE credential. Ofori says obtaining the CFE credential has given him the authority to make recommendations concerning fraud-related issues to his employer. When Ofori is not working, he enjoys watching football and spending time with his friends and family.

Coach: When did you receive your CFE credential?

Ofori: I received my CFE credential on May 25, 2018.

Coach: Please describe your experience using the CFE Exam Prep Course.

Ofori: My experience using the Prep Course was phenomenal. I was a member of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners for almost a year, and when I decided to take the CFE Exam, the Prep Course gave me a smooth passage in reaching my desired destination.

Coach: What did you like most about the CFE Exam Prep Course?

Ofori: I consider the Prep Course a passport with valuable information that helped me pass the CFE Exam on my first attempt. The structure of the Prep Course is very clear and simple, and it articulates the most important points and covers the vital concepts from the Fraud Examiners Manual.

Coach: How long did it take you to complete the Prep Course, and how often did you study?

Ofori: It took me about two months to complete the Prep Course, which included studying all four sections of the course and taking the practice test for each section three times. I studied almost two hours every day.

Coach: In what ways do you feel that your new CFE credential will be beneficial to you in your current profession?

Ofori: Obtaining the CFE credential has given me so much authority in making recommendations concerning fraud-related issues to my employer, and I am now being respected as an expert with in-depth knowledge about fraud.

Coach: Would you recommend the Prep Course to your colleagues?

Ofori: There is no doubt in my mind when it comes to using the Prep Course because it is filled with priceless information, and the simplicity of its structure made it easy for me to learn. So, yes, I would recommend the Prep Course to my colleagues who want to obtain the CFE credential.

Coach: How did you become passionate about fighting fraud?

Ofori: My desire to fight fraud was born out of the damage I experienced with close family relations who fell victim to Ponzi schemes in Ghana. The many lives, dreams, and futures that were destroyed by investing in Ponzi schemes gave me the desire to pursue a career in fighting fraud.

Coach: When you’re not fighting fraud, what do you like to do for fun, and what do you find enjoyable about it?

Ofori: I have a passion for football. I support Manchester United, so when I am not working, I spend time with my friends and family watching football and analyzing the games.

Coach: Do you have any study tips or suggestions for aspiring CFEs?

Ofori: My advice to aspiring CFEs is that it pays to fight fraud; the joy you feel when you uncover a fraud that could have damaged a company or people’s lives is incalculable. When studying, try to understand the concepts very well. Memorizing the answers in the Prep Course will not be the right approach because, though similar, the questions are not the same.