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Preventing misuse and criminal communication through payment text fields

Increasingly, financial transaction payment text fields are being misused as a method of criminal communication or abuse, rather than for the intended purpose of transferring funds.

Payment text fields are being used by individuals and organised crime groups to communicate and facilitate serious offences. This includes stalking, harassing or threatening victims, or criminal communication to avoid law enforcement scrutiny.

This guide provides financial indicators to help financial service providers to target, detect and disrupt this activity.

Download: Financial crime guide - Preventing misuse and criminal communication through payment text fields (PDF, 398KB)

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Last updated: 19 Nov 2021
Page ID: 729

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