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Know Your Customer (KYC) & AML Screening

Know Your Customer (KYC) and Anti-Money Laundering (AML) checks are mandated by various regulators, including MAS and ACRA, as a legal requirement intended as an AML and fraud prevention measures in banks, financial institutions like insurance companies, and corporations in general.

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What is Know Your Customer (KYC) and AML?

Banks, Financial Institutions, and Corporations conduct Know Your Customer (KYC) and AML compliance checks on customers to:
  • Ascertain the identity and verify information of the customer as part of the customer Onboarding process.
  • Ascertain that the source of wealth and the nature of the customer's business is legitimate and assess AML and fraud risk.
  • Identify corporate or person linked with the customers.
  • Conduct monitoring and track changes as part of the live Know Your Customer (KYC) compliance process.

Why is Know Your Customer (KYC) and AML important?

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  1. Financial penalties and lost.
    Global anti-money laundering (AML) and countering the financing of terrorism (CFT) landscape raise tremendous stakes for financial institutions. Banks and other financial institutions that do not follow proper regulations possess a risk of being heavily penalised.
  2. Reputational risk and sanction.
    Regulators around the world are adopting FATF recommendations and putting huge effort against money laundering and terrorist financing. Banks, big corporations, corporate service providers, law firms, big or small corporations who fail to follow such regulations or do not adhere to established compliance policies can become a loophole for criminals, therefore compromising global security, and ruining their own reputation.

Know Your Customer (KYC) and AML Screening in Banks and Other Financial Institutions

Know Your Customer (KYC) and AML check are mandatory process of identifying and verifying the client's identity when opening an account and periodically over time throughout the customer journey. In other words, banks must make sure that their clients are genuinely who they claim to be.

The operational tasks are based on recommendations by the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and widely adopted by central banks worldwide. It mandate that financial institutions under its purview undertake the following:

  • Identify and verify the customer using reliable independent source documents and information, such as those from the Singapore corporation registry, ACRA or official licensees or distributors of ACRA data.
  • Identify the beneficial owner and using reasonable efforts to verify them or those who are linked with them as a corporation or as an individual. This is done by drilling down into the corporate hierarchy of shareholders and/or the shareholders of shareholders.
  • Understand and verify the nature and purpose of the intended business relationships.
  • Perform continual monitoring and regular review and updating of the clients' information to ensure that it is consistent with the information gathered.
  • Customer review must also be done on certain defined triggers, including transactional activities or if reasonable suspicious transactions arise.

Such task includes ensuring that the customers, the corporations and persons associated with the customers are screened against relevant money laundering, terrorism financing, PEP and sanctions sources.

Know Your Customer (KYC) and AML Screening in Insurance Company

To fight fraud, insurers must perform Know Your Customer (KYC) as part of their risk assessment by type of client, insurance policy, geography, and sanctions screening. Insurance firms must perform Know Your Customer (KYC) from the start to prevent them from opening an account, purchasing a policy, or receiving a payout.

Know Your Customer (KYC) and AML Screening in Corporation

Know Your Customer (KYC) and AML checks on both customer and supplier, or annual supplier audits are usually conducted by large corporations as part of their compliance practices and form part of the risk assessment process for a company's existing or potential customers or supplier under AML guidelines. This is to ensure that they are not unwittingly breaching sanctions or participating in AML, CTF activities without checking who their vendors are or who their customers are connected to.

With AML screening, businesses ensure that their existing or potential customers or suppliers are not present in any of the sanctions lists, PEPs, banned or wanted lists, and adverse media data.

How Can CRIF BizInsights Help You ?

At CRIF BizInsights

We offer very user-friendly database solutions covering all Singapore Registered companies and information from global data sources. Our reports are used in business verification and customer onboarding process as well as monitoring of important changes throughout the customer lifecycle as part of live Know Your Customer (KYC).

CRIF BizInsights Advantages

  • Our range of reports has the necessary content and official branding.
  • API connection capabilities reduce manual information compilation work and can facilitate users' need to build technical interface for direct data feed into proprietary system and business solutions for more efficient onboarding process.
  • Reduces errors from manual data entry and perform live Know Your Customer (KYC) with monitoring of changes and auto data updating.