FATF publishes Report on New Payment Methods used for Money Laundering

In October 2010, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF) published a report entitled Money Laundering Using New Payment Methods.

This report builds on the 2006 Typologies report on New Payment Methods (NPMs). It should be noted that there has been a significant increase in the number of transactions and the volume of funds moving through new payment methods (NPMs) since 2006. As a result, the number of discovered cases where such payment systems were misused for money laundering (ML) and/or terrorist financing (TF) purposes has gone up.

The report that can be downloaded from the FATF website compares the “potential risks” described in the 2006 report to the “actual risks” based on new case studies and typologies. A number of indicators of suspicious activity are described in the paper to help new payment methods service providers and other financial institutions to detect money laundering/terrorist financing activities. The FATF document describes the challenges faced by national legislators and regulators in these terms.

The Money Laundering Using New Payment Methods report was the result of analysis of questionnaire responses and publications about NPMs. Also, relevant private sector representatives such as NPM service providers (including the Internet payment sector, the mobile payment sector and prepaid card technology providers) made a significant input.

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