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Economic Terrorism: The dark connection between scam centres and human trafficking

Addressing human trafficking within scam centres as acts of terrorism requires a multifaceted approach, including legal reforms, international cooperation, and public awareness campaigns. Only by confronting this issue head-on can we hope to protect the vulnerable…

UK men funnelled bribes to top Saudi officials, London court told

The former managing director of an Airbus subsidiary paid millions in bribes to senior officials linked to the Saudi Arabian National Guard to win valuable contracts, prosecutors told a London court…

13 banks back the MoneyMail campaign to force tech giants to crack down on fraud

All the banks support the MoneyMail calls for the Government to require technology companies to pay towards the cost of reimbursing victims who lose money after falling for scams originating on their platforms, compel social media platforms to introduce tougher identity…

Seychelles HQ of Russian-owned corporate secrecy factory raided in police crackdown

Police and financial regulators in the Seychelles raided the office of a Russian-owned corporate services provider within hours of a major investigation by Finance Uncovered and other media…

 

Metro Bank added to FCA’s financial crime watchlist

The decision of the FCA follows the ongoing management of financial crime risks within the group’s back book, as well as several specific concerns over the security and effectiveness of financial crime controls within the financial institutions’ online account provisions…

Misunderstanding crypto and terror financing leads to bad policy

Politicians have leveraged these claims to argue that terrorists benefit disproportionately from illicit use of crypto. These claims, however, have proven to be overblown, and reflect deeper misconceptions about crypto that need to be understood and corrected…

Kenya Gambling Control Bill 2023 proposes new regulator and sweeping reform

The Gambling Control Bill requires all licensed operators to have a minimum of 30% shares held by Kenyan citizens. All entities must also facilitate transactions via a Kenyan-registered bank. Entities must also deposit either a bank guarantee or insurance security bond to cover…

BBC on how ‘ESG’ came to mean everything and nothing

The article explores the journey of ESG from a specialised investment concept to a mainstream business strategy. It highlights the downside of ESG becoming an all-encompassing term, potentially diluting its impact and making decision-making more complex…

47 Countries adopt new CARF framework on automatic exchange of information between tax authorities

The new framework is expected to help these countries ensure that recent progress in global tax transparency is not undermined and to strengthen efforts to combat tax evasion…

 

Digital fraud attempt highest in video gaming in Philippines

The video gaming industry was followed by the retail sector with suspected digital fraud attempt rate of 11.3 percent while financial services came in third with 8.3 percent. Other sectors include insurance (7.1 percent), communities such as online dating and forums…

Gambling, money laundering and online scams: Asia’s trouble with organised crime

Transnational criminal gangs are using Southeast Asia’s booming and increasingly digital gambling industry as a shadow banking system to covertly move and launder ever more dirty money….

Singapore’s biggest bank makes $74M allowance to cover off exposure to money laundering scandal

They were “prudently taken” for exposures linked to the AML probe, with S$100M specifically related to the scandal…