Article: AUSTRAC issues know-your-customer, cuckoo smurfing warning

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AUSTRAC issues know-your-customer, cuckoo smurfing warning

James Frost, 28 June 2021

The financial intelligence regulator has warned reporting entities to stay on top of their obligations, following recent changes to the AML-CTF Act that added clarity on know-your-customer requirements and banned certain types of correspondent banking.

AUSTRAC CEO Nicole Rose spoke of the growing awareness of the damage money laundering was doing to the community in a newsletter that reminded entities they needed to verify a customer before letting them make transactions and contained a guide on how to spot a form of money laundering known as “cuckoo smurfing”, which facilitates the transfer of funds overseas without alerting the authorities. Continue reading “Article: AUSTRAC issues know-your-customer, cuckoo smurfing warning”

Article: EML took five days to reveal money laundering concerns

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EML took five days to reveal money laundering concerns

James Frost, 25 May 2021

The Brisbane-based firm, which specialises in pre-paid gift cards and reloadable sports betting cards, revealed it was alerted to the Central Bank of Ireland’s (CBI) concerns about the risk of money laundering in a letter to its wholly owned subsidiary PFS Card Services Ireland Limited (PCSIL) late on Thursday, May 13. Continue reading “Article: EML took five days to reveal money laundering concerns”