A PEP List is a list of known Politically Exposed Persons. PEP lists are used by regulated companies to check if a customer is vulnerable to bribery or corruption due to the position and influence, they hold within public life.
Data on PEPs can be obtained from a wide variety of different publicly available sources, including Government lists and media and internet sources. However, collecting data in this way can be very time consuming and inaccurate, as it is often difficult to ascertain how up to date the data is.
The most accurate and efficient way to check if someone is listed as a PEP is to use an electronic platform. Every identity check run through SmartSearch will automatically screen for PEPs and sanctions. SmartSearch compares your client's information to the Dow Jones Watchlist for any new hits, if a match occurs, the system will automatically screen out any false positives and provide you with a result.