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COP in Background & Assets Verification

Certificate of Proficiency in Background & Assets Verification (COP)

This coursebook is developed as a Self-Study Training Guide and will serve to assist you in preparing for the Online Background Checks & Assets Verification Certification of Subject Proficiency Exam.

The Internet has become the primary tool for information gathering and all sorts of digital data is available in archives and specialized repositories.  Performing online search for data has become easier for investigative research and background checks of a business or individuals. However, over the past few years, the border between public information and private information has become blurred due to the Internet accessible public and private information vendors. Besides, the abundance of free and volunteered information uploads come in handy as well. Both the social media and the search engine vendors have become the main drivers of information collection. On the other hand, the traditional data miners for public data such as government institutions (federal, state and municipalities) continues to collect vital information about businesses and individuals. The Freedom of Information laws (FOI laws) allow access by the public to data held by their governments. As an online researcher, it is a great opportunity to learn what data is available in the digital formats? where and how to get this data? and how to use it without legal constraints? – In these lessons that follow in Module 10, we will discuss and address these questions.


Examination Syllabus

This Module has two (2) units

Private & Public Information, Source & Reports

One of the most challenging public policy issues of our time is the balancing act between access to public records and personal privacy - To obtain and use information within the restraints of the law, it is vital to understand what type of information is available legally for the public use? and which requires special permission (being private)? and conditions of its being used. We will answer these questions and provide several examples and a list of information types that fall in public and private domains. In this unit we have technically, divided Internet information sources in two (2) categories regarding information types:

  1. Public records and public information, and;
  2. Private information.




International Money Laundering Schemes & Foreign Assets Detection

Money laundering is the generic term used to describe the process by which criminals disguise the original ownership and control of the proceeds of criminal conduct by making such proceeds appear to have derived from a legitimate source. The other motive for laundering wealth is to hide someone’s assets under the veil of Offshore Trusts and Shell Companies. Often investigations online take an investigative researcher 


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