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AML Act of 2020 Formalizes Risk-Based Approach for Compliance

July 28, 2021 by Jim Richards

The fifth instalment in Jim Richards’ Renewing the BSA Series. Under the current law, 31 USC Section 5318(h) and it’s subsequent regulations, financial institutions are required to have an Anti-Money Laundering (AML) program, but there has never been a requirement... 

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A Brief Introduction to the AML Act of 2020

February 12, 2021 by Jim Richards

The first instalment in Jim Richards’ Renewing the BSA Series. The landscape of the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) is changing. The latter half of 2020 saw repeated calls to examine and modernize Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Countering the Financing of... 

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Managing the Growing Complexities of Sanctions Risk

May 9, 2022 by Verafin

The Russian invasion of Ukraine and the subsequent escalation of the Russian-Ukrainian war has been met with condemnation and resulted in severe economic sanctions from governments across the globe. Sanctions are crucial to enforce foreign policy objectives and deter criminal... 

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Wire Fraud Benchmarking Highlights: Verafin Releases Trends from the Cloud

May 2, 2022 by Verafin

Wire fraud is evolving across the financial industry — and today, Business Email Compromise (BEC), targeted consumer scams, and the financial exploitation of elderly persons are of particular concern. With fraudsters circumventing the enhanced authentication controls of many digital platforms... 

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Fraud Trends and Technology

January 12, 2022 by Verafin

Financial institutions face increasing challenges to keep pace with evolving financial crime, and 2021 revealed that fraud is moving faster than ever. In a year-in-review presentation, we explored the top fraud trends of 2021 identified in the Verafin Cloud, the... 

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AML Crime Trends and Technology

January 12, 2022 by Verafin

Keeping pace with the changing landscape of BSA/AML is a significant challenge for financial institutions. In our year-end presentation we explored industry-wide AML trends and the specific challenges facing compliance programs today — including the recent passing of the AML Act of... 

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Elder Financial Abuse

October 19, 2021 by Verafin

“Every year, one in ten Americans aged 60 and older experiences abuse — and for every case of elder abuse that comes to the attention of authorities, it is estimated that 23 cases are never brought to light.“ – White... 

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Persistence Pays as Fraud Continues Under COVID-19

July 12, 2021 by Verafin

Earlier this year, FinCEN issued an advisory to “alert financial institutions to health insurance and health care frauds related to the COVID-19 pandemic.” Fraudsters have been targeting multiple sources of funds, including Medicare, the Medicaid/Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), TRICARE,... 

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A Mandate for Innovation in the AML Act of 2020

May 28, 2021 by Jim Richards

The fourth instalment in Jim Richards’ Renewing the BSA Series. Innovation is a key theme throughout the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020 (AMLA or the Act). As financial crimes evolve and regulatory compliance commitments advance, financial institutions need innovative solutions... 

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Crossing Boundaries: The Expansive Threat of BEC

May 20, 2021 by Verafin

“For five years in a row, BEC is responsible for the most financial losses reported to the FBI. We have no reason to believe that 2021 will be any different.” Agari, 2021 As the industry rebounds from a challenging year,... 

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Information Sharing Prioritized in AML Act of 2020

March 4, 2021 by Jim Richards

The third instalment in Jim Richards’ Renewing the BSA Series. Many professionals are touting the Anti-Money Laundering Act of 2020 (AMLA) as the biggest change to American efforts to fight crime and corruption since the USA PATRIOT Act of 2001...