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Actionable Intelligence: The Way Forward for the BSA

November 7, 2018 by Jim Richards

From its birth on October 26, 1970 as the Foreign Bank Secrecy Act of 1970, through make-overs in 1986 (criminalizing money laundering and structuring), 1990 (establishing FinCEN), 1992 (introducing Suspicious Activity Reports), and 2001 (the biggest make-over with the USA... 

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A Brief History of the BSA

November 7, 2018 by Jim Richards

From its birth on October 26, 1970 as the Foreign Bank Secrecy Act of 1970, through make-overs in 1986 (criminalizing money laundering and structuring), 1990 (establishing FinCEN), 1992 (introducing Suspicious Activity Reports), and 2001 (the biggest make-over with the USA... 

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Finding Renewed Purpose in the Bank Secrecy Act

November 7, 2018 by Jim Richards

From its birth on October 26, 1970 as the Foreign Bank Secrecy Act of 1970, through make-overs in 1986 (criminalizing money laundering and structuring), 1990 (establishing FinCEN), 1992 (introducing Suspicious Activity Reports), and 2001 (the biggest make-over with the USA... 

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Optimizing high-risk customer management and ongoing due diligence

March 20, 2018 by Verafin

An already challenging BSA/AML compliance risk environment continues to grow in complexity, as financial institutions seek to meet requirements for due diligence on higher-risk categories of customers. Without question, risk management is at the forefront of today’s regulatory scrutiny. In... 

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How financial institutions can help end elder financial exploitation

June 18, 2018 by Verafin

Elder financial exploitation (EFE) may be the crime of the 21st century. The available numbers paint a scary picture: one 2015 report indicated seniors are defrauded of nearly $36.5 Billion annually, over 12 times the amount previously reported. In August... 

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Key Takeaways from FFIEC Updated CDD Examination Procedures

June 12, 2018 by Verafin

On May 11, 2018, the FFIEC released new Customer Due Diligence (CDD) Examination procedures that reflect and codify the requirements of FinCEN’s final CDD rule. These updates detail how financial institutions must establish appropriate risk-based CDD procedures to understand the... 

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Improving your risk-based CDD with intelligent categorization

April 17, 2018 by Verafin

2018 updates to Customer Due Diligence requirements have increased regulatory emphasis on how BSA/AML departments must conduct ongoing customer due diligence. The FFIEC BSA/AML Examination Manual states that AML programs, at a minimum, are required to implement: appropriate risk-based procedures... 

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Building momentum in the fight against human trafficking

January 9, 2018 by Verafin

Throughout 2017 awareness of human trafficking as a modern human tragedy — orchestrated by criminal organizations on a global scale — continued to grow. Equally important, there was an increased recognition of the vital role financial crime investigators at financial... 

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Unmasking online account takeover

December 19, 2017 by Verafin

The intersection of fraud and online banking accounts continues to be big business. With our dependence on smart phones and as the Internet continues to seemingly expand into every aspect of our lives, criminals are fashioning masks molded from stolen... 

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Industry alert: NACHA warns of risks in C2C ACH Debits

November 28, 2017 by Verafin

NACHA has turned the risk spotlight on Consumer-to-Consumer (C2C — also known as Account-to-Account (A2A) or Peer-to-Peer (P2P)) debit payments again. Over the past six months we have seen a steady flow of warnings within the industry about the dangers...