[LONDON] – Verify 365, a leading provider of anti-money laundering (AML) and know your customer (KYC) solutions, today draws attention to the increasing threat of money laundering and the exploitation of vulnerable individuals, such as students, following a recent case involving a university student convicted of laundering £84,912 for a Chinese crime lord.

The case of Xiaotong Huang, a 28-year-old Stirling University student, demonstrates how money launderers target unsuspecting individuals and use them to funnel illicit funds. Huang deposited large sums of cash into various bank accounts, transferred money abroad, and used it for high-value purchases from luxury retailers. She also used the funds to pay her university tuition fees and accommodation.

Digital bank statements through Open Banking could help mitigate risks

Verify 365 emphasises that this case serves as a stark reminder of the critical role that proper KYC and AML procedures play in preventing money laundering activities. The company stresses the importance of thorough checks by institutions, such as banks and solicitors, that may unknowingly facilitate the legitimisation of illicit funds.

Furthermore, Verify 365 highlights the need for innovation in AML and KYC practices to stay ahead of criminals. The company advocates for the use of digital bank statements through Open Banking, which can help financial institutions and other firms identify and mitigate risks early on.

“Money launderers are becoming increasingly sophisticated, targeting vulnerable individuals such as students who are less likely to arouse suspicion,” said Rudi Kesic, CEO at Verify 365. “It’s crucial for firms to implement robust KYC and AML procedures to protect themselves and their clients from the risks associated with money laundering.”

Verify 365’s comprehensive solutions, including digital bank statements through Open Banking, can assist businesses in detecting suspicious financial activities and safeguarding their reputation. By leveraging advanced technology and data-driven insights, Verify 365 helps clients navigate the complex world of AML and KYC compliance with confidence.

For more information on how Verify 365 can support your business in the fight against money laundering, please get in touch.