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AML best practices for Financial Institutions

AML best practices for Financial Institutions

To launder their money, criminals need to use legitimate businesses – these include law, property, gaming and gambling firms as well as insurance and investment companies – basically any business that deals with client money. But one of the most common targets for money launderers is banks and financial institutions.

Money launderers use a wide array of tactics to clean their cash via banks and financial institutions – from setting up shell companies from which to transfer funds into UK banks, to getting ‘mules’ to deposit dirty cash in low volumes, which then is moved around the world – through the banking system.

Due to the vulnerability of the banking sector – and its critical importance to the stability, security and prosperity of the entire economy - the financial services industry is one of the most highly regulated sectors in the UK in terms of anti-money laundering (AML) rules.

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