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KYC & AML For Dummies: What KYC & AML actually stand for and why should you care

For this article, I’m going to suggest you put on your favorite jazz music, pour yourself a glass of your favorite red wine, and if you have a fireplace, light it up and get ready to be seduced by the sexy world of compliance. Just kidding, compliance might not be that sexy but it’s definitely important, and now that I have your full attention, I’m going to teach you once and for all what AML and KYC are.

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Everything You Always Wanted To Know About KYC For FinTechs In Europe* (*But Were Too Afraid to Ask)

“No, not another compliance article 😱!” Which is what you’re probably thinking, but this one’s different! It’s the one you’ll like. Storytime: You’re probably familiar with one of the most notorious criminals in history – Al Capone. If so, you know that when he was finally tried for his offenses, all he could be convicted with was TAX EVASION.

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Lending: What do you need to ask your users to be compliant in Mexico?

If we’ve learned something in the last few months, it’s that the industry of lending and microcredits is booming in Mexico, with companies like Konfio receiving more than USD $100 million in recent weeks. And all these companies have something in common: they need to be compliant with Mexican financial sector laws and regulations, which is easier said than done – especially for those who are just launching here.

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Crypto in Mexico: Is All Hope Lost?

Mexico was the first country to issue sector-specific regulations for FinTech companies, published in March 2018 (the “FinTech Law”). Among other subjects, it addressed companies which use digital assets, provide financial advisory, carry out crowdfunding, and perform electronic payments. Later that year, in September, the complementary regulations were issued. Still, a lot of loopholes with regard to digital assets were still pending, which is why a further complementary regulation was discussed and worked on.

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Rental Industry & How To Fight Fraud

The Vacation Rental industry has, in recent years, become very targeted by fraudsters because of its high-ticket items (the average price of a fraudulent booking ranges from $238-$588, according to Sift Science) and intangible goods – which means there is nothing to collect. In addition, with instant booking capabilities, it becomes increasingly difficult for small teams to investigate every transaction and quickly detect fraudulent activity.

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Legal summary: SEC on Crypto

The Vacation Rental industry has, in recent years, become very targeted by fraudsters because of its high-ticket items (the average price of a fraudulent booking ranges from $238-$588, according to Sift Science) and intangible goods – which means there is nothing to collect. In addition, with instant booking capabilities, it becomes increasingly difficult for small teams to investigate every transaction and quickly detect fraudulent activity.

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