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Authorised Push Payments - Confirmation of Payee

[fa icon='calendar'] 12-Sep-2019 09:47:27 / by Alison Donnelly posted in PSD2, Payments sector, E-money sector

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Firing off an email to the wrong recipient can be embarrassing however sending funds to the wrong beneficiary is not only negligent but can also be costly. With £350 million worth of payments misdirected in 2018 alone and £145 million each year going unrecovered; the benefit of implementing a system to check the name on the account as a way of decreasing the volume is clear.  

 

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Suspicious Activity Reports – The Importance of Getting it Right!

[fa icon='calendar'] 02-Sep-2019 16:16:16 / by Philip Creed posted in fincrime, Payments sector, E-money sector

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REP017: Are You Ready To Submit Your Fraud Report by 31 August?

[fa icon='calendar'] 22-Aug-2019 17:11:09 / by Philip Creed posted in fincrime, Payments sector, E-money sector

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Under PSD2, payment services providers across the EU are required to provide statistical data on fraud to their respective competent authority.

In the UK, relevant firms are required to collect and submit data on the volume and value of all payment transactions, as well as the volume and value of fraudulent transactions, and provide this to the FCA through Gabriel using the REP017 report; this information is in turn aggregated and shared with the European Banking Authority and the European Central Bank.

Back in January, we released a blog to provide an overview of the FCA’s interim REP017 report to cover the reporting period between 13 January to 31 December 2018. However, since then, the FCA has released an updated and much expanded REP017 report (with most PSPs being switched to a bi-annual reporting period).

As with our last one, this blog aims to give a high-level overview of who REP017 applies to, what transactions it captures and how the data on fraudulent transactions need to be categorised; we will also detail the key changes in approach since then.

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Preparing for your AML Compliance Audit - top tips from the other side

[fa icon='calendar'] 20-Aug-2019 08:40:43 / by Philip Creed posted in AML Audit, fincrime, Payments sector, E-money sector

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Broken down to its most basic level, an audit is a method by which firms seek an external opinion on their policies, procedures, systems and controls. Rather than an exercise in detecting shortcomings and failures, the process of a compliance audit should be viewed as a means of testing an AML/CTF framework to identify opportunities to undertake enhancements as well as highlighting any issues. In essence, the intention is to provide assurance that the firm is operating in an compliant manner within its own specific regulatory framework.

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fscom features in Thomson Reuters

[fa icon='calendar'] 01-Aug-2019 16:39:41 / by James Borley posted in BREXIT, Regulatory compliance, Payments sector, E-money sector

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fscom's James Borley features in Thomson Reuters where he discusses the desire among payments firms for a better understanding of the licensing requirements of competent authorities in other European Economic Area (EEA) countries. View the full article below.   

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One Month Left! New Communication Rules for Payment and E-Money Institutions

[fa icon='calendar'] 01-Jul-2019 10:42:49 / by James Borley posted in PSD2, Regulatory compliance, Payments sector, E-money sector

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Back in October last year, fscom director Alison Donnelly wrote a blog on the FCA’s consultation on new rules for payment and e-money institutions. As explained in that blog, due to FCA concern with how some e-money and payment institutions have communicated with their customers in the past, certain sections of the FCA Handbook are being applied to payment and e-money institutions.  

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New Communication Rules for Payment and E-Money Institutions

[fa icon='calendar'] 09-May-2019 15:00:00 / by James Borley posted in Regulatory compliance, Payments sector, E-money sector

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Back in October last year, fscom director Alison Donnelly wrote a blog on the FCA’s consultation on new rules for payment and e-money institutions. As explained in that blog, due to FCA concern with how some e-money and payment institutions have communicated with their customers in the past, certain sections of the FCA Handbook are being applied to payment and e-money institutions.  

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Open banking and strong customer authentication: help!

[fa icon='calendar'] 08-May-2019 15:53:12 / by Alison Donnelly posted in Regulatory compliance, Payments sector, E-money sector, Open Banking and SCA

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With only four months to go to the final PSD2 implementation date of 14 September 2019, all payment service providers must make sure they are urgently progressing plans to meet the additional regulatory obligations or to confirm that their obligations are met. 

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Strong customer authentication: not as simple as just 2FA

[fa icon='calendar'] 22-Mar-2019 17:24:27 / by Alison Donnelly posted in Regulatory compliance, Payments sector, E-money sector, Open Banking and SCA

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In my previous blogs I have given you the basics of strong customer authentication (SCA) and explained how the exemptions could be used to minimise the disruption experienced by payment service users when making payments or accessing transaction information. In this blog, I will take a closer look at the details of the SCA obligations and explain why it’s not as simple as the much-mentioned two-factor authentication (2FA).

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Brexit: Temporary Permissions Regime for EEA firms

[fa icon='calendar'] 19-Mar-2019 20:15:43 / by James Borley posted in BREXIT, Regulatory compliance, Payments sector, E-money sector

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At the time of writing there are 10 days to go until the date (currently) written in UK and EU law on which the UK is scheduled to leave the European Union on March 29, 2019 – Brexit Day.

In anticipation of a ‘no deal’ Brexit, HM Treasury has enabled the FCA (and PRA) to create a Temporary Permissions Regime (TPR) whereby, at its simplest, EEA firms can effectively ‘grandfather’ their passports for a limited period beyond Brexit Day. 

This blog seeks both to remind EEA firms of the TPR, and the need and method to enter it, prior to Brexit Day (assuming that the current timetable remains), but also to highlight a couple of pitfalls for payments and e-money firms should they leave such notification to the very last moment.

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