Politically Exposed Person Search

Key Challenges

  • Keeping track of adverse media reports of your high profile customers and Politically Exposed Person (PEP) among them.
  • Controlling the high cost of using commercially available Politically Exposed Person (PEP) databases.
  • Ensuring that none of your existing or a potential customer is a Terrorism Financier, Fraudster or Financial Criminal.
  • Doing all the above research at periodic intervals, without having to manually go through millions of search results, web page after page looking for adverse media news against each of your customer.

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Financial Action Task Force (FATF) defines a Politically Exposed Person (PEP) as an individual who is or has been “entrusted with prominent public functions in a foreign country” such as a head of state; a senior politician; a senior government, judicial or military official; a senior executive of a state-owned corporation; or an important political party official. Even the family members and close associates of such individuals are considered PEP by this definition. The Wolfsberg Group, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision and revised recommendations of FATF go a step further, and recommend that financial institutions should treat foreign as well as domestic PEPs at par. Currently there are NO officially published Politically Exposed Person (PEP) lists, while commercially available PEP lists vastly differ in their size, quality and most importantly current information on PEPs and their associates.

Unfortunately, local politicians; other government officials of lower ranks; fraudsters & financial criminals; local criminals and terrorism financing networks do not even get included in any of the published official or commercial lists. This makes it difficult to identify them during customer on-boarding and screening against watch-lists. Nevertheless, they still pose a serious threat to your institution and its image, if unknowingly allowed to establish a business relationship.

KYCsphere's Politically Exposed Person, Terrorism Financing, Fraudsters, Financial Criminals Search tool goes beyond where Sanction/Watch/PEP lists left off. The tool allows you to profile the customer and relies on authentic news & other media sources to identify popular as well as lesser known PEPs, Fraudsters, Financial Criminals and Terrorism Financiers.

This feature-rich tool can give your institution market agility and regulatory flexibility without any capital expenditure and with the least of IT intervention.

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Key Benefits

  • Separate the majority of Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs) who are clean individuals from those who are corrupt, on the basis of adverse media reports and bad press.
  • Make your institution's customer acceptance process comprehensive by filtering out lesser known PEPs, Fraudsters, Criminals and Terrorists.
  • On an ongoing basis, investigate your existing customers' activities in public domain by efficiently covering a vast number of media sources to uncover cases of bribery, corruption, money laundering, financial crime, terrorism financing and other suspicious activities.
  • Protect your institution against hefty penalties, major legal costs, loss of business and above all, damage to your institution’s reputation by establishing a robust KYC program and efficiently managing the high risks of dealing with a Politically Exposed Person (PEP).

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