BACKED USA SERVICES. Anti-Money Laundering, Countering Financing of Terrorism, and Know Your Customer Policy (hereinafter - the "AML/CFT/KYC Policy") is designated to prevent and mitigate possible risks of the BACKED USA being involved in any kind of illegal activity. Both international and local regulations require the BACKED USA to implement effective internal procedures and mechanisms to prevent money laundering, terrorist financing, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, corruption, and bribery and to take action in case of any form of suspicious activity from its Users. "Money laundering" means the conversion or transfer of property derived from criminal activity or property obtained instead of such property, knowing that such property is derived from criminal activity or from an act of participation in such activity, for the purpose of concealing or disguising the illicit origin of the property or of assisting any person who is involved in the commission of such an activity to evade the legal consequences of that person’s actions; the acquisition, possession or use of property derived from criminal activity or property obtained instead of such property, knowing, at the time of receipt, that such property was derived from criminal activity or from an act of participation therein; the concealment or disguise of the true nature, source, location, disposition, movement, rights with respect to, or ownership of, property derived from criminal activity or property obtained instead of such property, knowing that such property is derived from criminal activity or from an act of participation in such an activity. Money laundering also means participation in, association to commit, attempts to commit, and aiding, abetting, facilitating, and counseling the commission of any of the activities mentioned above. "Terrorist financing" means the financing and supporting of an act of terrorism and commissioning thereof as well as the financing and supporting of travel for the purpose of terrorism.
AML/CFT/KYC Policy covers the following matters:
We have created a structured system of internal control and procedures in order to comply with applicable AML/CFT laws and regulations, including, but not limited to verifying users' identity and the information provided;· special regime for dealing with customers who are politically exposed persons (PEP);· the identification of unusual activity and suspicious activity reporting (SAR);· keeping records of Users' documentation and transactional history.
All the appropriate employees regularly pass a full AML/CFT training, along with a job‐specific guidance. Training is conducted to ensure that trainees are informed and act in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations. New employees pass relevant training before commencing to work. The training program is updated regularly to reflect current laws and regulations.
The Compliance Officer is the person, duly authorized by the BACKED USA, whose duty is to ensure the effective implementation and enforcement of the AML/CFT/KYC Policy. It is the Compliance Officer’s responsibility to supervise all aspects of BACKED USA’s anti-money laundering and counter-terrorist financing, including but not limited to: Establishing and updating internal policies and procedures for the completion, review, submission and retention of all reports and records required under the applicable laws and regulations; implementing a records management system for appropriate storage and retrieval of documents, files, forms and logs; collecting Users' identification information; organization of the collection and analysis of information referring to unusual transactions or transactions or circumstances suspected of money laundering or terrorist financing, which have become evident; investigating any significant deviations from normal activity; reporting to the appropriate authorities (Financial Intelligence Unit etc.) in the event of suspicion of money laundering or terrorist financing; providing law enforcement with information as required under the applicable laws and regulations; periodic submission of written statements on compliance with the requirements arising from law to the management board; organization of the training of employees; performance of other duties and obligations related to compliance with the requirements of law; updating risk assessment regularly. The Compliance Officer is entitled to interact with law enforcement, which is involved in the prevention of money laundering, terrorist financing, and other illegal activity.
BACKED, in line with the international requirements, has adopted a risk-based approach to combating money laundering and terrorist financing. By adopting a risk-based approach, BACKED is able to ensure that measures to prevent or mitigate money laundering and terrorist financing are commensurate to the identified risks. This will allow resources to be allocated in the most efficient ways. The principle is that resources should be directed in accordance with priorities so that the greatest risks receive the highest attention.
The Users are known not only by verifying their identity (who they are) but, more importantly, by analyzing their transactional patterns (what they do). Therefore, BACKED performs users' transactions monitoring, risk‐assessment, suspicious activity detection, and a variety of compliance-related tasks, including capturing data, filtering, record-keeping, investigation management, and reporting. BACKED reserves the right to use for that special software tools and external services. System functionalities include a daily check of Users against recognized "black lists", aggregating transfers by multiple data points, placing Users on watch and service denial lists, opening cases for investigation where needed, sending internal communications, and filling out statutory reports, if applicable; case and document management. With regard to the AML/KYC Policy, BACKED will monitor all transactions and it reserves the right to: ensure that transactions of suspicious nature are reported to the proper bodies, law enforcement through the Compliance Officer; request the User to provide any additional information and documents in case of suspicious transactions; suspend or terminate User’s Account when BACKED has reasonable suspicion that such User engaged in illegal activity.
The above list is not exhaustive and the Compliance Officer will monitor Users' transactions on a day-to-day basis in order to define whether such transactions are to be reported and treated as suspicious or are to be treated as bona fide. If a transaction is inconsistent with a user’s usual activities, this transaction may be considered suspicious. Data and transaction monitoring tools are used to identify uncommon patterns of user activity. After review and investigation, it is Compliance Officer’s decision whether to file a SAR or not. Once a SAR is filed with a relevant agency, a copy of filing documentation is maintained onsite. SAR filing is confidential and only the BACKED’s employees involved in the investigation and reporting process will be aware of its existence. All records are retained for a term prescribed by applicable law and internal procedures and are available at the official request of the authorized state body according to law.
The Compliance Officer is responsible for conducting AML/CFT audit at least annually. Other audit demands are set in internal policies and procedures.