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US Treasury releases first ever non-fungible token illicit finance risk assessment

Explores how vulnerabilities associated with NFTs and NFT platforms may be exploited by illicit actors for money laundering, terrorist financing, and proliferation financing.

INTERPOL reveals an alarming rise of tech-enabled financial fraud assessment targeting victims globally

A recent Interpol assessment on global financial fraud emphasises how organised crime groups are leveraging advanced technology to more effectively target victims. The report identifies the most common types of global financial fraud as investment fraud, advance payment fraud, romance fraud, and business email compromise. Key technological tools being exploited include AI, large language models, and cryptocurrencies…

UK Finance releases its 2024 Annual fraud report, detailing the amount its members reported as stolen through payment fraud and scams in 2023

The report highlights criminals stole £1.17 billion through unauthorised and authorised fraud in 2023, a four per cent decrease compared to 2022, Banks prevented a further £1.25 billion of unauthorised fraud through advanced security systems, 76 per cent of APP fraud started online and 16 per cent started through telecommunications networks…

Europol releases podcast on fighting international fugitives

In this episode, Europol and the An Garda Síochána will give you a behind-the-scenes look at how Europol takes action against international fugitives, in this case the Kinahan Cartel – an Irish transnational crime syndicate.

Home Office publishes circular on money laundering: the confidentiality and sensitivity of suspicious activity reports and the identity of those who make them

Outlines the procedure for determining if the disclosure of SARs in certain circumstances might cause a real risk of serious prejudice to an important public interest.

The City of London Police reports that over £28.7 million was lost to courier fraudsters in the past year, with individuals in their 80s being the most frequent target

People in their 80s are most likely to be targeted by criminals carrying out courier fraud, with this age range accounting for 43 per cent of all victims, data from Action Fraud shows…

FCA proposes to update its Financial Crime Guide on sanctions, proliferation financing and transaction monitoring

The Guide aims to enhance understanding of the FCA’s expectations and to help firms assess the adequacy of their financial crime systems and controls, and remedy any deficiencies. The FC Guide contains various self-evaluation questions, along with examples of good and poor practice drawn from FCA work and other financial crime publications.


US Treasury publishes its National Illicit Finance Strategy 2024, highlighting recent reforms to close loopholes exploited by illicit actors

The 2024 Strategy addresses key illicit finance threats related to large-scale fraud schemes, attacks, an opioid-driven overdose epidemic, foreign and domestic terrorist attacks, corruption, and illicit exploitation of technological advances in payments and financial products and services. The details show how the United States will function on the efforts to modernize the U.S. AML/CFT regime, enhance operational effectiveness in combating illicit actors, and embrace technological innovation to mitigate risks…

ESAAMLG publishes second enhanced follow-up and first technical compliance re-rating on Mozambique

Reviewers considered information provided in support of the request for re-rating of Recommendations 1, 4, 6, 7, 8, 14, 15, 19, 20, and 26 and upgrade Mozambique  on all but Recommendation 8 (protection of non-profits from abuse for terrorist financing), which remains non-compliant.

ESAAMLG publishes 12th enhanced follow-up and fifth technical compliance re-rating on Uganda

Recognises the progress made since Uganda’s National Risk Assessment in 2022 and pledges by the country to update the NRA on a three year basis. Report also finds that there have been steps to address the absence of frameworks for implementation of targeted financial sanctions relating to proliferation.

EP and Council of the EU details amendments to Directive (EU) 2019/1937, specifying the mechanisms Member States must implement to prevent the misuse of the financial system for ML or TF

Defines clearer requirements for more effective arrangements for cross-border cooperation and outlines responsibilities of supervisors employed by the Authority for anti-money laundering and countering the financing of terrorism (AMLA).


JMLSG consults on proposed revisions to Sector 18 (Wholesale markets) in Part II of its Guidance

The deadline for comments on the proposed revisions is 1 July 2024.