Regtech Sumsub Shares Transaction Monitoring Guidelines to Help Firms Combat Fraud, Remain Compliant

Sumsub, a global tech company that provides customizable KYC, KYB and AML solutions for the whole user journey, published its Complete Guide to Transaction Monitoring “to provide a detailed picture of transaction monitoring as an integral part of the verification system.”

The guide was “prepared by Sumsub’s compliance and anti-fraud team in partnership with Pismo, an all-in-one, cloud-native financial services platform covering all core banking and payment processing functionalities.”

Transaction monitoring is crucial “for companies providing financial services, as it helps them perform risk assessments and detect suspicious activities.”

This expert guide is “intended to show businesses in the fintech, banking, insurance, gambling and e-commerce sectors how to spot transaction fraud, bolster their defenses, ensure full compliance and optimize user conversion rates at the same time.”

If businesses don’t monitor transactions, “they run the risk of money laundering, fraud and other crimes occurring on their platforms.” According to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, $8.8 billion was lost on fraud last year, and the United Nations reports that money laundering losses “mount up to $1.6 trillion annually.”

That’s why governments “have been toughening their AML regulations.”

If companies fail to comply, “they face heavy fines, reputational damage and even license revocation.” For example, in December 2022, Danske Bank was “fined over $2 billion for inadequate transaction monitoring capabilities, deficient AML systems and high-risk customers.”

In the guide, you’ll find “a detailed description of the AML legal framework for transaction monitoring in the U.K., U.S. and EU along with respective recordkeeping requirements.”

Transaction monitoring is “an ongoing process used to spot dubious transfers and transactions made in digital or fiat currencies, and to detect other suspicious customer activities.”

As a result, it “helps businesses stay protected from scams and avoid potentially huge money loss.” While transaction monitoring is mandatory “for regulated businesses, it is beneficial for other businesses as well if they wish to have an additional layer of protection against financial fraud.”

Every industry “benefits from transaction monitoring” in different ways:

  • A gambling or iGaming service can support responsible gaming by easily detecting if a customer is spending more money than declared in their income statement, and a service can curb arbitrage betting by detecting multi-accounters;
  • Banks can automatically detect signs of suspicious activity, such as income drastically higher than in the source of funds statement;
  • In e-commerce, purchases over AML thresholds and unusual spending patterns should automatically raise alarm bells and be prevented;
  • For insurance companies, illegitimate claims and fraud patterns can be detected.

Vyacheslav Zholudev, co-founder and CTO of Sumsub, said:

“Nowadays it’s getting harder for regulated businesses to survive and grow in conditions of economic recession: they need to keep pass rates high, attract new users and stay protected from fraud—all at the same time. The perfect tool to help businesses keep up with their ambitious plans and avoid scams on the way to growth is transaction monitoring. It is a new must in verification that should come together with KYC and other AML checks. By combining user, business and transaction verification in a single flow, you get a complete picture of user profiles and can intercept even the most sophisticated fraud attack vectors and patterns, and that provides extra insurance that fraud risks can be reduced.”

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