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28% of UK firms unaware of digital verification methods

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SmartSearch surveyed 500 regulated businesses in the financial services, legal and property sectors, with 48% reporting a rise in financial crime attempts in the past 12 months

28% of regulated firms in the UK claim that analysing hard copies of documents is the most reliable method for identifying fraud, while 28% of research respondents were not aware of digital verification methods.

SmartSearch surveyed 500 regulated businesses in the financial services, legal and property sectors. 48% of respondents had reported a rise in financial crime attempts in the past 12 months.

These statistics are particularly concerning as there has been a spike in fraudulent documents recently as criminals attempt to obscure their identity.

SmartSearch is a leading online provider of anti money laundering services, which helps businesses comply with the Anti Money Laundering Regulations.

Fraudulent documents have become even more sophisticated recently, and John Dobson, CEO of SmartSearch explained those relying on manual methods are leaving themselves dangerously exposed.

He said: Criminals are laundering millions of pounds in the UK, and they are using the most sophisticated methods possible to attempt to deceive.

Therefore, it’s imperative that regulated businesses use all the technology available to them to fight against the growing wave of fraud, he said.

It takes an expert to even know the signs to look for in a fraudulent document, and those that are involved in money laundering are using state-of-the-art technology to create incredibly realistic forgeries. Unfortunately, those we surveyed that believe they can spot a fake, are sadly mistaken, Dobson said.

It is encouraging that the majority polled stated they would struggle to spot a forged document, however the gaps need to be plugged, he said.

He said: Switching to electronic verification is the smart thing to do. When it comes to preventing money laundering, it is the only real defence.

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