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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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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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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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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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U.S. Court Case: 5 Cyber-Enabled Financial Crimes

December 4, 2016 by Denise Hutchings

Last week, U.S. authorities in conjunction with international law enforcement issued a press release on the dismantling of a cyber criminal infrastructure known as Avalanche. A joint statement by U.S. agencies noted that “this network hosted more than two dozen... 

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U.S. Bank Account Information Sold on Dark Web Marketplace

August 25, 2016 by Denise Hutchings

A recent online post under the “Fraud” category of a Dark Web marketplace read as follows: “High Balance [redacted bank name] Logins 30K-150K Available…I bring you freshly hacked [redacted bank name] Bank Account Logins. The accounts are notorious for having...