Suspicious Activity Report Template

Suspicious Activity Report Template

Why use a Suspicious Activity Report Template? It provides the confidence to know that you are collecting, documenting and submitting the right data, in the right format, to the right governing body. It will also save you time and money buy joining 10,000+ firms who already use our templates!

Reporting Suspicious Activities

Businesses with obligations under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA) and the Terrorism Act 2000 must submit a Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) in certain situations. The relevant data must be submitted where a firm has concerns over potential or actual suspicious activities. Suspicions must be recorded and reported for those engaged in, or attempting, money laundering, terrorist financing and/or tax evasion.

SAR procedures are essential for the prevention of tax evasion, money laundering and terrorist financing. This includes anti-fraud, anti-corruption and anti-bribery. Effective suspicious activity reporting procedures go hand in hand with a firm’s controls for anti-money laundering, risk assessment and due diligence.

National Crime Agency (NCA)

Money laundering frameworkThe Serious Organised Crime & Police Act 2005 came into effect in 2005 and created the National Crime Agency (NCA). The NCA is responsible for gathering intelligence regarding the proceeds of crime and financial information arising from suspicions of money laundering.

Businesses with anti-money laundering obligations must report suspicious activities and transactions to the NCA. SARs are made by a Money Laundering Reporting Officer (MLRO) or Nominated Officer (NO).

Summary of a Suspicious Activity Report (SAR)?

An SAR should always contain detailed, relevant and informed information. A summary of each section can also be provided to make the content easier for the person(s) reading the report. Contact details and reasons for suspicions must be included. Best practice will include: –

  • Reporting company details.
  • Details of the subject or legal entity being reported.
  • Details of the suspicious activity and any transactions (where relevant).
  • Any additional details relevant to the disclosure.
  • Reason(s) for disclosure.

It is also best practice to inform any law enforcement or government agency who may be best placed to use or act on the information provided to the NCA if applicable. The SAR should be submitted as soon as is practicable. The report can be submitted in any format, including by post, fax or via the NCA website using the SAR Online system.

Suspicious Activity Reporting Template

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