After earlier AML-related issues surfaced involving ABN Amro and ING, the Rabobank now appears to be next in line. The Dutch AML/CFT supervisory authority (De Nederlandse Bank or DNB) imposed an order subject to a penalty, because Rabobank allegedly did not adequately screen substantial amounts of its clients. Rabobank confirms that around 40,000 clients have been ‘potentially incorrectly’ assigned a low-risk profile and that it now needs to perform a reassessment of these clients.
Inadequate risk assessment of clients
Under the Dutch Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorist Financing Act (the Dutch abbreviation: Wwft), financial institutions such as banks need to examine their clients and their transactions for potential risks related to money laundering. Supposedly, bank employees regularly come across clients whose associated risks wrongfully have been rated too low. From time to time, inspectors allegedly even stumble upon clients who should not have been accepted as a client at all. This pertains mostly to e.g. businesses in high-risk sectors (such as real estate or crypto currency), cash-intensive businesses and to businesses that have bank accounts and/or business relationships in certain countries (predominantly in Eastern-Europe or Africa).
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