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Solutions for SAR/STR Filing: Best Practices for Crypto Companies

November 7, 2022 by Verafin

Virtual currencies are swiftly becoming the currency of choice for fraudsters – the rate of Suspicious Activity Reports (SAR) filed including cryptocurrency is rapidly rising. According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), from 2017-2020, the number of SARs referencing... 

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The Future of Crypto Compliance: The Need for Effective AML/CFT Solutions

October 14, 2022 by Verafin

“E.O. 14067 recognizes that digital assets may pose significant illicit financing risks and commits the U.S. government to mitigating these and any other national security risks.” 1 While the use of digital assets such as convertible virtual currencies continues to... 

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Disorganized Data: How Unresolved Entities Complicate AML Investigations

September 22, 2022 by Verafin

From savings accounts and credit cards to online banking and P2P payments such as Zelle, today’s financial institutions offer more products and services than ever before. There are dozens of product lines and service providers, and each product may require... 

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Four Ways Data Creates Challenges for AML Investigators

September 14, 2022 by Verafin

From BSA Officers to Complex Investigations teams, efficiency in AML investigations is a challenge. The consumer banking market is changing. FinTechs are quickly on the rise. Financial institutions are being pushed to adapt to consumer demands for frictionless banking at... 

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Rising U.S. & International Wire Fraud Threats

July 29, 2022 by Verafin

The high dollar value and irrevocable nature of many wire transfers make them inherently risky and a prime target for criminals. With fraudsters unrelenting, financial institutions must remain informed of growing wire fraud threats, both domestically and internationally.  Our experts... 

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Assessing AML/CFT Compliance Risks for Crypto Companies

July 26, 2022 by Verafin

Companies that operate cryptocurrency exchanges or crypto ATMs in the U.S. must be registered as MSBs with FinCEN, and meet all AML/CFT compliance requirements, including identifying and reporting potentially suspicious activity. Recently released guidelines from the MSBA, ETA, INFiN, and... 

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Cryptocurrency Fraud Scams Amass Over $1B

June 27, 2022 by Verafin

According to a sobering new report by the Federal Trade Commission, since the start of 2021 more than 46,000 people have collectively reported more than $1 billion in losses to crypto-related scams, with an average loss of $2,600 per person.... 

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Aligning with AML/CFT Priorities

June 14, 2022 by Verafin

The need for greater effectiveness and efficiency in BSA/AML programs is acute. Financial institutions must navigate the ever-changing landscape of regulatory compliance while simultaneously adapting to evolving criminal activity. But many institutions are limited to their own siloed data set... 

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Keeping Pace with the Changing AML/CFT Landscape: Virtual Currency Payment Risks

June 8, 2022 by Verafin

The use of Convertible Virtual Currency (CVC) is increasing, offering an alternative transaction channel for consumers and a new transaction channel for criminals to exploit. Virtual currency activity is relevant to all financial institutions, even those that do not offer... 

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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...