Tagged: money laundering

Dave Burns, CRO at Napier AI, Says There’s Huge Potential for What Artificial Intelligence Can Bring to AML

In the fast-evolving digital economy, money laundering and financial crime have been increasing quite rapidly as regulation and banking processes struggle to address the rise in “criminal innovation.” Because of these developments, financial institutions have to respond quickly and effectively, by utilizing the appropriate tools… Read More

UK’s Digital Bank Monzo Is Facing Potential Money Laundering Charges by FCA, Reports Annual Loss of £130 Million

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UK-based digital bank Monzo is currently facing a civil and criminal money-laundering investigation that is being carried out by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Monzo‘s management disclosed these details in its annual report that was released on Friday (July 30, 2021). For the second straight… Read More

Hong Kong Monetary Authority Executive Director Reveals how They’re Protecting Consumers from Emerging Threats

In a keynote speech that focused on fraud and financial crime at a conference in Asia, Carmen Chu, Executive Director (Enforcement and AML), Hong Kong Monetary Authority, discussed anti-money laundering and financial crime risk issues and the ability of authorities to address these problems. While… Read More

The European Union Tightens its Regulatory Grip on Illicit Transactions but Will Money Laundering Continue to Thrive?

Yesterday, the European Commission announced an update to the European Union’s anti-money laundering and countering terrorism financing (AML/CFT) rules. Part of the update is a requirement that anonymous crypto asset wallets will be prohibited. Additionally, the Commission is creating a new  EU AML Authority (AMLA)…. Read More

Metropolitan Police Seize Record Amount of Crypto in Money Laundering Case Valued at £180 Million

Just weeks after a record amount of crypto seized by authorities in the UK, the Metropolitan Police have topped that amount in taking possession of cryptocurrency said to amount to almost £180 million. According to Scotland Yard, the seizures were made by detective from the… Read More

Crypto Experts Weigh In on Scotland Yard $158M Bitcoin Seizure

In late June, Scotland Yard seized more than $158 million in Bitcoin as part of a money-laundering investigation. London’s Metropolitan Police said that total was more than double the amount of cash seized in all of 2020 and is the biggest crypto take in UK… Read More

FinCEN Issues Very First Priorities List for AML/CFT Policy, Includes Use of Crypto for Ransomware Payments, Money Laundering

On June 30, 2021, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN), a bureau of the US Department of the Treasury that collects and analyzes information about financial transactions in order to combat domestic and international money laundering, terrorist financing, and other financial crimes, issued its first… Read More

After Unprecedented Regulatory Crackdown, Binance Deploys CipherTrace Traveler to Address Money Laundering, Illicit Activity Issues

As part of its commitment to compliance, Binance, the world’s largest crypto exchange that has been under investigation by US regulators and other international authorities due to allegations of engaging in recognized markets without authorization (and also contributing to money laundering and other illicit activities),… Read More

Chainalysis Shares Detailed Classification System for Cryptocurrency Services based on Level of Risk, Other Factors

Since Bitcoin’s (BTC) launch back in 2009, virtual currency has managed to drive new markets, while spurring advancements in modern financial infrastructure. It has also led to innovative thinking in how to address the global economic requirements, the Chainalysis team writes in a blog post…. Read More

Fraudio, a Cloud Native, AI enabled Payment Fraud Detection Solution, Secures $3.3M via Seed Round

Fraudio, a startup founded by experts from the Dutch payment ecosystem, has reportedly secured  $3.3 million in capital via a seed round. The Fraudio team claims that they’ve spent two years developing a Cloud native, centralized AI and machine learning payment fraud detection solution for… Read More

Regtech SmartSearch Launches Product to Help Non-Regulated Markets Do KYC, ID Verification for UK Residents, International Clients

SmartSearch, an anti-money laundering (AML) solution provider, has reportedly entered the non-regulated market with the launch of a product that’s a part of its business growth strategy. The Ilkley, West Yorkshire-based Regtech firm reports that it recorded its most successful year to date in 2020…. Read More

Illicit Activities involving Bitcoin and other Cryptos May Now be Prevented with New Tech from Elliptic, CoolBitX

Earlier this year, the team at Elliptic, which works to assist with categorizing financial crime typologies while protecting legitimate crypto-asset users from illicit activities, had explained how proper and effective compliance can prevent (potential) money laundering activities using Bitcoin (BTC) or other digital currencies. Elliptic… Read More

European Online Lending Platform October Warns Financial Crimes are on the Rise following COVID Outbreak including Money Mules

European online lender October recently alerted consumers about the money muling fraud. The company explained what usually takes place when bad actors carry out these fraudulent activities and shares tips to avoid getting scammed. October notes that if you’re being offered “opportunities” to make easy… Read More

Crypto Transactions have AML Capabilities that are Almost Impossible to Replicate in Traditional Investigations: CipherTrace

Blockchain security firm CipherTrace notes that during her confirmation hearing on January 19, Dr. Janet Yellen, US President Joe Biden’s pick for Secretary of the Treasury, had said that “many” virtual currencies remain “a particular concern” when it comes to terrorism and criminal financing (and… Read More

FATF List of Cryptocurrency Service Red Flags to Help Standardize how Jurisdictions Track Illicit Transactions, Chainalysis Says

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) recently published a document for regulatory authorities and enforcement agencies. The FATF listed several different “red flags” in cryptocurrency transfers and service user profiles that may indicate that the entities involved in the transactions are engaging in money laundering,… Read More

Collapse of Belize based Choice Bank Hit Some Payoneer Customers – Report

The ongoing exposé of leaked documents from FinCEN (the enforcement branch of the US Department of Treasury), and allegations of money laundering, continues to ripple through the media. A story shared by NBC News today covers the collapse of Choice Bank, based in Belize, and… Read More

US State of Wyoming Partners with Chainalysis to Prevent Money Laundering and Illicit Activities Involving Cryptocurrencies

Chainalysis, the leading blockchain analysis firm, has teamed up with the State of Wyoming’s Division of Banking, the banking regulator that’s tasked with the chartering and supervision of Wyoming state banks, trust companies, mortgage firms, money transmitters and other non-bank financial service providers. The State… Read More

FATF Releases Updated Virtual Assets Red Flag Indicators of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Report

The Financial Action Task Force (FATF), an intergovernmental organization that develops policies to combat money laundering and terrorism financing, has released an updated report, titled, Virtual Assets Red Flag Indicators of Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing. Published on September 14, 2020, the report notes that… Read More

Over 90% of Actual Cryptocurrency related Transactions within a Financial Institution Might Not Even be Detected: Report

Current Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) regulations state that it’s the responsibility of all financial service providers to accurately and promptly identify and report any suspicious or potentially fraudulent activity. This activity may be related to how criminals or bad actors exploit convertible virtual currencies… Read More

US SEC Awards Contract to CipherTrace because it’s the “Only Known” Blockchain Forensics Tool that can Track Binance Chain Transactions

The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) revealed on July 29, 2020 that it’s planning to award a single-source contract to blockchain security firm CipherTrace, a Menlo Park, California based business that recently introduced real-time predictive risk scoring for cryptocurrencies. The SEC said that CipherTrace… Read More

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