WHY DO PAYMENT SERVICE PROVIDERS HAVE AML/CTF OBLIGATIONS?
WHAT SERVICES ARE COVERED BY AML/CTF OBLIGATIONS?
WHAT ARE THE ML/TF RISKS FACED BY PAYMENT SERVICE PROVIDERS?
WHAT IS A RISK-BASED AML/CTF REGIME?
HOW CAN CUSTOS ADVISORY HELP?
Payment service providers connect merchants to the broader financial system so they can accept credit and debit card payments from customers. Payment service providers connect merchants, consumers, card brand networks and financial institutions.
Whilst Payment Services are not specifically covered by the AML/CTF regime, some of the processes are services designated by the AML/CTF Act and Rules and therefore recognised as being vulnerable to use and abuse by criminals.
Like other financial services and products, payment service providers can be abused for ML/TF purposes.Funds used with payment service providers can be prepaid. This absence of credit risk means that service providers may not obtain full and accurate information about the customer and the nature of the business relationship.
Transactions can be carried out and funds withdrawn or converted much faster than through more traditional channels.
Many payment service providers’ business model relies on non-face to face business relationships and transactions, which present ML/TF risks due to increased impersonation fraud risk and the chance that customers may not be who they say they are.
Digital currency exchanges captured by the AML/CTF obligations are those providing services to exchange (buy and sell) digital currencies for FIAT currencies
Fiat currency is legal tender whose value is backed by the government that issued it. The Austrian dollar is a fiat currency.
The provision of ‘wallet’ services that hold digital currencies for customers is also captured by the AML/CTF Act. However, digital currency to digital currency exchange is currently excluded.
The AML/CTF regime is risk-based, which means that your responses to the AML/CTF obligations placed upon you should be risk-based.
A risk-based AML/CTF regime requires that you understand and address the Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing (ML/TF) risks associated with the services you offer.
You must then design, implement and maintain systems, procedures and controls that are proportionate to your ML/TF risks.
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