Organised criminals use ‘cuckoo smurfing’ as a method of laundering money to disguise and integrate their funds across borders to profit from and further enable their illegal activities.
Generally this method of money laundering relies on exploiting the bank accounts of customers expecting to receive legitimate funds. These customers are often unaware that the funds transferred into their accounts are the proceeds of crime.
To protect Australia’s financial system against exploitation, AUSTRAC’s Fintel Alliance has developed this financial crime guide on cuckoo smurfing.
The guide explains how cuckoo smurfing takes place, and specific indicators to help remittance service providers, banking and financial services businesses understand, identify and report suspicious transactions related to this activity.
How your customers can protect themselves
We have partnered with the Australian Federal Police to release a factsheet for the public on how to protect themselves from cuckoo smurfing.