Do you know the three components of KYC?
The entire identity verification procedure encompasses a lot, however, the most important ones are:
Customer Identification Program (CIP)
Customer due diligence
This blog post highlights the importance of the KYC process followed by 3 steps to the KYC verification process.
In this modern era, fraudsters and criminal groups have come up with enormous resourceful ways to fulfill their malicious purposes. It is a common practice of such criminal groups to misuse the systems of legitimate entities such as banks and other financial institutions, credit unions, e-commerce, etc in order to avail free services, commit frauds and convert ill-gotten gains into ‘clean money’. However, financial institutions mostly rely on the system of controls which aimed at collecting knowledge about customers. This is also known as ‘Know Your Customer (KYC)’.
Similarly, another major issue is that businesses are knowingly or unknowingly used for money laundering activities which at the end turn out not to be compliant with global and local AML regulations. This dirty money is then used for terrorist financing, drug-related financing, and other criminal activities. The businesses that do not comply with the obligations of regulatory authorities are subjected to harsh penalties. AML compliance is, therefore, compulsory for businesses to consider at first hand.
Importance of KYC
KYC plays a vital role in the establishment of a reliable financial system. Criminal entities are well aware of the loopholes in their systems and exploit those loopholes to their benefit. There is a dire need for dynamic security measures to ensure productive risk prevention.
Proactive security measures ensures complete elimination of any sort of fraud on an immediate basis. For instance, data breaches, identity theft, account takeover frauds, and money laundering and terrorist financing.
A large number of fraudulent activities take place as a result of unauthorized access to online platforms. To combat this, banks and online businesses are required to perform KYC process for each customer during the onboarding process. It not only serves the purpose of fraud prevention but also meets the regulatory obligations of KYC compliance.
With the news of Panama Paper leaks, the global KYC regulations have become more stringent. FinCEN that is the US regulatory authority, declared amendments in regulations to combat money laundering and extended the scope of customer identity verification. These changes were proposed as a result of loopholes that were residing in the framework of financial institutions.