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Ask The Experts – Why Does My Bank Request a Third Party Independent Review Every Year?

Ask The Experts – Why Does My Bank Request a Third Party Independent Review Every Year?

Posted on: August 19th, 2021 by Julie

Most banks will request an Independent Review from their Money Services Business clients annually. Here is the reason why… Banks, just like check cashers, money transmitters and other MSBs, are audited frequently. However, banks are audited by government entities. GOVERNMENT ENTITIES AUDITING BANKS Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation […]

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Compromised Security: Upgrade to Windows 10

Compromised Security: Upgrade to Windows 10

Posted on: April 14th, 2021 by Julie

Failure to upgrade your computer system to Windows 10 will compromise your security. Windows 7 is officially not receiving any more security updates as of January 14, 2020. The need to upgrade to Windows 10 has become increasingly more dire. Upgrading your current system is not as difficult as it was with previous versions. In […]

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FinCEN Advisory on Unemployment Insurance Fraud During COVID-19 for MSBs

FinCEN Advisory on Unemployment Insurance Fraud During COVID-19 for MSBs

Posted on: November 5th, 2020 by Julie

The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) has released an advisory concerning Unemployment Insurance (UI) fraud related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Money Services Businesses (MSBs) must be aware of different types of potential fraud, red flags to look for and how to file a Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) accordingly.   FRAUD During the COVID-19 pandemic, UI claims […]

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Building An Anti Money Laundering Program

Building An Anti Money Laundering Program

Posted on: September 16th, 2020 by Julie

An Anti Money Laundering (AML) Program is a set of policies, procedures and internal controls designed to prevent money laundering and terrorist financing. If you are a business that provides money services, you will need an AML Program to satisfy regulators, avoid costly fines and prevent criminal punishment.   MONEY SERVICES BUSINESS An organization that provides […]

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FinCEN Advisories Expose Risks for Money Services Businesses Amid COVID-19

FinCEN Advisories Expose Risks for Money Services Businesses Amid COVID-19

Posted on: August 5th, 2020 by Julie

FinCEN released a series of advisories about financial crimes related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Money services businesses (MSBs) are especially vulnerable to financial crime during this uncertain time. The purpose of the series of advisories is to reinforce that: “Detecting, preventing, and reporting COVID-19 related scams and illicit activity is critical to our national security, […]

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