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In the past few hours, a high-volume phishing scam, purporting to be from Bank Negara Malaysia, has hit inboxes. That is it a scam is without doubt: the outgoing addresses are all, in common with many such scams, .edu addresses. They contain a PDF file, BNM.pdf, as an attachment which does not trigger anti-virus warnings when it is delivered to inboxes.

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The decision by US messaging service WhatsApp to allow its parent company, Facebook, access to user's data raises enormous questions for compliance and ethics teams in financial institutions, law firms and many other businesses. Should Compliance Officers now ban the use of WhatsApp for both transactional messaging and communications with clients? And should data protection registrars now issue warnings as to the release of client-related data? In fact, should the app now be banned entirely from all mobile devices used in any way for work purposes?

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In July 2010, Euromoney reported "regulators in Gibraltar say they shut [Reincarnation Bank] down, it subsequently re-emerged six months later." It's had a checkered history, but today, you can still visit a website with that name.

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The announcement by the US Treasury that it was implementing financial sanctions against North Korea should make no difference to most properly advised financial organisations.

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While Hong Kong's Securities and Futures Commission was investigating a case of suspected insider dealing, it traced funds to a clients' account by a third party, innocent, broker. The SFC has ordered the broker to block access to those funds and assets represented by part of the funds. There is something unusual about the process.

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A former director and in-house counsel of Australia's Provident Capital Limited, promoters of the Provident Capital Monthly Income Fund, a defunct investment company, is the latest to be subject to sanctions arising out of the collapse of the company.

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ASIC has cancelled the Australian financial services (AFS) licence of Winley Insurance Group Pty Ltd (Winley), a Perth-based general insurance brokerage for failing to comply with a number of its key obligations as a financial services licensee, in particular failures to file regulatory reports as required.

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It's supposed to be one of the primary alternatives to using banks for money transfer but an experience in trying to send and receive money using global remittance companies Western Union and MoneyGram has shown that the services does not live up to the hype.

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For too long, those who have a narrow view of how money laundering related matters should be policed and enforced have made ill-informed criticism of Singapore. Primarily originating from the USA's complaint that Singapore does not prosecute enough money laundering offences, the criticism was amplified by the influx of money relocated from, first, Switzerland and then Dubai. Nigel Morris-Cotterill says that the USA should take notice of how Singapore has dealt with BSI Bank.

Nigel Morris-Cotterill

Recent changes to the Lloyds Banking Group's internet banking platforms have led to customers of the international bank registered in Jersey and regulated in Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man with a sister company in Gibraltar being unable to locate information on services or to apply for services on-line.

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Following the closure of BSI Bank Limited for persistent and senior failures in money laundering controls and failures to comply with regulatory failures (http://www.financialcrimerisko...) MAS has named the six bankers it has referred to the Public Prosecutor for investigation as to possible criminal offences. MAS has also served notice of financial penalty on the bank.

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You can't turn on the TV during the daytime in the UK without being bombarded with adverts for gambling or some kind of claims management service, the latter ranging from solicitors with names that sound like second hand furniture shops to unlicensed and unregulated companies that sound like firms of solicitors. This latter group has found rich - very rich - pickings in relation to the scandal where millions were "mis-sold" Personal Protection Insurance as part of a loans package. How rich? The government's increasingly excellent Public Accounts Committee says some GBP5,000 million has...

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The UK Treasury has issued a notice bringing into effect additional requirements. Under the notice issued 6 May 2016, by 31 May credit and financial institutions must terminate all financial dealings with the government of North Korea, with the ruling Party - and essentially freeze the whole of North Korea out of the UK banking system by, amongst other things, closing branches and accounts.

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In Part 3 of his analysis of whether insurance against internet crime is a viable business model for insurance companies, Nigel Morris-Cotterill demonstrates how the risks are wide and varied and cannot be accurately assessed, resulting in a bad business model for insurance companies.

Nigel Morris-Cotterill

To rescue the UK's economy from the 1973-75 crisis, one of the measures adopted was to increase consumer credit and to reduce the constraints on lending. One concept has been a contributory factor to almost every financial crisis, in the UK and elsewhere, since: the ability of the banks to lay off risk for bad lending decisions.

In Part two of his examination of the question of insurance against on-line crime, Nigel Morris-Cotterill says welcome to the world of insurance as an excuse for negligence.

Nigel Morris-Cotterill

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