Friday, March 18, 2011

AM & Fraud: Risk that put burdens on Banks

AML & Fraud: The Global Challenge

Just when you think you've filled all the gaps by investing in all the right technology, crafty criminals will come up with an unexpected way to commit fraud. Increased cross-border transaction volume means more opportunity not just for money laundering, but also for ACH fraud, card fraud and identity theft, and that means greater need for real-time transaction monitoring.

As global transactions increase, and political unrest in Northern Africa continues, U.S. regulators will more closely scrutinize compliance with the USA Patriot Act and the Bank Secrecy Act, to name two regulations.

In other parts of the world, such as Europe, where privacy mandates often conflict with U.S. policy, regulators are just as intent on ensuring standards and sanctions are adhered to by banks and businesses operating within their borders.

From an AML perspective, most international banks are complying well with existing regulatory mandates. But enhanced monitoring, going forward, will be a must.

Regulators are looking for more efficient monitoring, and now banks are going to be expected to have more streamlined fraud-detection tools. Centralizing data is the only cost-effective way to streamline.

Centralizing your data is so important, for fraud detection, as well as knowing your customer. After all, knowing your customer leads to better service and fewer fines in the long run
Compliance is always looked at as a cost center. But when you know your customers and how they behave, not only can you meet the requirements of regulatory compliance, but you also can more effectively target your customers and shape your products around what they need, rather than around what you assume they want.

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