Anti Money Laundering / Know Your Customer

Money laundering is the attempt to conceal or disguise the nature, location, source, ownership or control of illegally obtained money. Money laundering is most commonly associated with tax avoidance. However, other individuals may attempt to launder money in order to conceal their identity or finance their operations. ‘Suspicious activity’ is a very difficult concept to define because it can vary from one transaction to another based upon all the circumstances surrounding the transaction or group of transactions. For example, transactions by one customer may be normal based on our knowledge of that customer and their pattern of activity, while similar transactions by another customer may be suspicious. Many factors are involved in determining whether transactions are suspicious including the amount, the nature of the transaction and frequency of deposits/withdrawals from the system.

BITAFRIKA is committed to fighting money laundering and complying fully with anti-money laundering laws in every country we oprate. We understand that we have responsibilities to help fight the global battle against money laundering and our commitment will supersede all other privacy obligations contained in our policies. Accordingly, BitAfrika will take all reasonable and appropriate steps to prevent persons engaged in money laundering, fraud, or other financial crimes from utilizing our products and services. Our AML policies, procedures and internal controls are designed to ensure compliance with all applicable regulations and rules and will be reviewed and updated on a regular basis to ensure appropriate policies, procedures and internal controls are in place to account for both changes in regulations and changes in our business. Key components of our AML and KYC framework include the following

INTERNAL CONTROL

Formulate and implement internal controls and other procedures that will deter criminals from using its facilities for money laundering and terrorist financing and to ensure that its obligations under subsisting laws and Regulations are met

COMPLIANCE OFFICER

  • Prompt preparation and delivery of all relevant returns to the regulatory bodies in line with the rules and Regulations of the country of operation
  • Monitoring transactions to detect unusual suspicious activities.
  • Coordinating and monitoring day-to-day compliance with the relevant legislation, regulations, rules and industry guidance and applicable money laundering laws and regulations.

KNOW YOUR CUSTOMER

Establishing and maintaining a risk-based approach to Customer Due Diligence (CDD), including customer identification, verification and KYC procedures. To ensure we meet these standards, our customers are required to provide certain personal details when opening a BITAFRIKA account and also generate OTP and password for any withdrawal request. The nature, and extent, of what is required is guided by the customer’s deposit and withdrawal limits, account to be used and in some cases, the customer’s country of residence. In certain circumstances, BITAFRIKA may perform enhanced due diligence procedures for customers presenting a higher risk, such as those transacting large volumes etc. Maintaining appropriate KYC records for the minimum prescribed periods.