Banks race to adapt AML systems for the coronavirus age

Lenders expect regulatory lashing if controls fail to keep pace with changes in criminal behaviour

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Patterns of fraudulent activity have changed markedly during the global coronavirus lockdown, but banks don’t expect much sympathy from regulators if their detection systems are found wanting as a result.

“They do recognise that there are challenges, but I would struggle to think of an argument that I could use to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) that I wasn’t able to validate my new risk assessment model just because of Covid-19,” says Richard Snookes, chief compliance officer at Sberbank

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