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Tracing Private Cryptocurrencies
Many believe total anonymity is possible using privacy enhanced cryptocurrencies. It might not always be the case. Are popular cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum private? Absolutely not. There are privacy enhancing tools and techniques that can be used to obscure crypto transactions, but in general most cryptocurrencies leave a very convenient trail to trace for...
Crypto Scams
The DeFi revolution presents new risks and challenges for innovators, regulators, cybersecurity experts and early adopters of the powerful technology. These are the top 5. “Where money goes, crime is never far behind.” In our new digital world this age-old saying still rings true, especially in regard to the emergent cryptocurrency and NFT landscapes. According...
FInancial Crime Cybersecurity
The worlds of financial crime and cybercrime are colliding, converging into one. The biggest threat to businesses globally is the new cyber-enabled financial crime. Yet businesses and even financial institutions tasked with protecting our money continue to fight this combined threat with multiple separate defense systems and multiple separate defense teams. The situation is like...
Societal Cost Money Laundering
Money laundering is a crime that many people consider irrelevant to them. If a problem at all, they consider it a problem only for banks. That is far from true. Money laundering has massive effects not only on financial institutions, but also on governments, industries, economies and all individuals. What are the effects of these...
AML CTF Value
(Updated 2016) Anti–Money Laundering (AML) and Counter Terrorism Funding (CTF) are not the most popular subjects in banking circles. Bankers often find Know Your Customer (KYC) and Customer Due Diligence (CDD) regulations confining and cumbersome. Those regulations are elaborate and strenuous, to the point where even some KYC/CDD team members consider them tedious.The value of...
Money Laundering Layering
One key to fighting money laundering is understanding its process and the vulnerabilities in each stage of it. In the first stage, the Placement stage, money launderers deposit their criminal revenues in financial institutions. In that stage, detection teams proficient in Know Your Customer (KYC)/Customer Due Diligence (CDD) practices for combatting money laundering do extensive...
Money Laundering Placement
One key to fighting money laundering is understanding its process and the vulnerabilities in each stage of it. The first stage is Placement. Placement entails depositing illicit funds into financial institutions. Several vulnerabilities lie in this stage. So, we look at it to see what questions money launderers must answer in this stage to overcome...
AML KYC CDD
Anti–Money Laundering (AML) and Counter Terrorist Funding (CTF) efforts involve the little-known world of Know Your Customer (KYC) and Customer Due Diligence (CDD) regulations. These involve an intensive review of account applications, resolute investigation to verify new customers’ information and ongoing monitoring of established customers’ transactions. Working on KYC/CDD teams is not glamorous; many outside...
FineCrime Fraud Terrorism
“Financial Crimes” is a term used to describe a variety of criminal acts including money laundering; terrorism financing; bribery; corruption; sanctions violations; proliferation financing; cyber financial crime; various types of fraud (securities fraud, insider trading, market manipulation, bank fraud, insurance fraud, payments fraud, health care fraud, medical fraud, credit card fraud, cheque fraud, corporate fraud,...
Money Laundering Terrorism Financing
Money laundering and terrorism funding both have devastating effects. While acts of terrorism are more noticed because of their highly public nature, Money laundering is no less of a threat. In fact, concentrated efforts to combat money laundering were pursued long before terrorist activities grew to the point where Counter Terrorism Funding (CTF) was added...