ACUANT BLOG

What is a Risk-Based Approach to AML?

Money laundering, the depositing or transferring of funds that come from illicit activity, is a global and growing problem. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) estimates that the amount of money laundered annually from criminal activities worldwide...

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KYC Challenges in Digital Environments: Part 1

Amidst evolving regulations and the continued rapid adoption of a digital landscape—digital banking included—many financial organizations still face challenges when it comes to bridging the gap between their brick-and-mortar operations and the newer digital channels. The Challenges of Digital KYC...

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Synthetic Identity Fraud: A Costly Challenge

Read an excerpt of our newest eBook, Synthetic Identity Fraud: A Costly Challenge, below. Real-life scammers continue to come up with creative ways to commit crimes, notably in the financial services arena. This is especially true with schemes like synthetic...

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How Businesses Can Fight The Growing Threat Of Synthetic Identity Fraud

Glenn Larson is the Chief Technology Officer of Document & Biometrics at GBG (Acuant & IDology) and a member of the Forbes Technology Council, an invitation-only community for world-class CIOs, CTOs and technology executives. Read his article for the Forbes...

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Acuant Compliance Sanctions Update 8.8.22: US Treasury Sanctions Virtual Currency Mixer Tornado Cash

On August 8th, the US Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) added Ethereum mixer Tornado Cash and 40 unique cryptocurrency addresses to the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list. According to the press release, Tornado Cash was used to launder...

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Finding the Right Level of KYC for Online Gaming & Gambling

Knowing your ideal customer is one of the most fundamental aspects of any business, but for those in the gaming and gambling sectors, it’s a regulatory requirement. The global regulatory landscape is diverse, and businesses must keep up with developing...

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Acuant Compliance Sanctions Update 7.27.22: The Russia-Ukraine Crisis

It’s been a little over four months since the start of the war, but Russia’s attack on Ukraine has persisted. As part of efforts to stop the aggression, the West continues to introduce and expand sanctions against Russia. To learn...

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Following the Money: Preventing Money Mules & Laundering

Read an excerpt of our newest eBook, Following the Money: Preventing Money Mules & Laundering, below. What is a Money Mule? Though awareness of drug mules may be more common, they are not the only type of (human) mules exploited...

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KYC, AML & What it Means for Crypto

While the terms AML and KYC are sometimes thrown around interchangeably, they differ in meaning and in practice and are far less established when it comes to the crypto space. Currently, there is no cryptocurrency-specific federal mandate in the United...

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Why First Impressions at Customer Onboarding are Key to Building Trust

Research has confirmed that not only do humans base a significant amount of their short and long-term judgments on their first impressions, but they form those judgments very quickly. In fact, a series of experiments by psychologists from Princeton University...

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Acuant Compliance Sanctions Update 5.9.22: The Russia-Ukraine Crisis

New sanctions packages are still being announced as part of ongoing attempts by global leaders to halt Russia’s continued aggression against Ukraine. To learn more about previously imposed sanctions, read our introductory sanctions blog and our 3.7.22, 3.21.22, 4.8.22 and...

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Acuant Compliance Sanctions Update 4.28.22: The Russia-Ukraine Crisis

Additional global sanctions have been introduced by world leaders as Russia’s military assault on Ukraine continues. For previously imposed sanctions, read our introductory sanctions blog and our 3.7.22, 3.21.22 and 4.8.22 sanctions updates. Continue reading to learn about some of...

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