Anti-corruption glossary

Know your customer

Know Your Customer (KYC) is a term used to describe a set of money laundering measures normally mandated by law which are employed by banks and other financial services to document the true identity of a customer/client and his or her source of wealth to make sure it is legitimate. The KYC information is compiled and retained in a client “profile” that is periodically updated.  Actual activity over the account is compared to the KYC profile to identify activity that raises suspicions of money laundering.

Why it matters

A sound Know Your Customer programme is one of the best tools in a good anti-money laundering programme for detecting suspicious activity.

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