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Sample Question 4

A close relative of a privately-owned bank's senior manager requests to open an account. Because of this relationship, the staff expedites the opening of the account without following established accountopening procedures. Applying the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision principles, which of the following poses the highest operational risk? 

A. Failure to conduct proper due diligence.
B. The possibility of lawsuits that adversely affect the operations of a bank.
C. The bank's exposure to politically exposed persons.
D. Not having appropriate information to share with Financial Intelligence Units.


Sample Question 5

A division anti-money laundering officer for a financial institution has been conducting a monthly selfassessment. The officer reviews the accounts opened for compliance with a long standing Know Your Customer policy. The self-assessment for the latest month shows a significant increase in compliance deficiencies for the first time in more than a year.Which of the following is the next course of action for the anti-money laundering officer to take?  

A. Inform the Board promptly of the Know Your Customer policy trend over the last 6 months.
B. Determine if there is a readily identifiable cause for the deficiencies.
C. Implement a revision to the account-opening training program.
D. Revise the policy to simplify Know Your Customer compliance before the report is issued.


Sample Question 6

According to the Financial Action Task Force 40 Recommendations, Designated Non-Financial Businessesand Professions include

A. commodities traders.
B. money services businesses.
C. hawala operators.
D. real estate agents. 


Sample Question 7

A suspicious transaction report filed on a car dealer structuring deposits initiates a criminal investigation. The dealer changes branches and begins placing transactions with a frontline employee to whom the dealer has given numerous gifts.This employee handles all of the dealer's structured deposits and does not report the suspicious activity internally.The competent authority has advised the anti-money laundering specialist to avoid tipping off theemployee until the investigation is finalized.What action should the specialist take next?  

A. Recommend the immediate termination of the employee.
B. Advise that the dealer's accounts should be closed.
C. Consult with senior management and the legal advisor.
D. Inform the institution's regulatory agency of the situation.


Sample Question 8

An anti-money laundering expert is hired by a new Internet bank to assess the money laundering threatto the bank. Because it is an o line bank the most important recommendation for the expert to make isthat the bank

A. limit the amount which can be processed per transaction.
B. ensure that prospective new customers can be properly identified.
C. set up automated programs to analyze transaction for money laundering activity.
D. ensure that a firewall is set up to protect the transactions.


Sample Question 9

During an ongoing investigation into a client's activities by a competent authority, a compliance officershould

A. Ensure communication with regulatory and law enforcement authorities is conducted only throughsenior management.
B. Communicate only in writing with regulatory and law enforcement authorities in line with applicablelocal laws.
C. Communicate with regulatory and law enforcement authorities in line with applicable local laws.
D. Limit communication with regulatory and law enforcement authorities to the absolute minimum.


Sample Question 10

A money remittance business will most likely attract money launderers because it:1. deals primarily in cash transactions.2. engages in international transactions.3. conducts transactions for walk-in customers.4. does not have to comply with transaction reporting.

A. 1, 2, and 3 only
B. 1, 2, and 4 only
C. 1, 3, and 4 only
D. 2, 3, and 4 only


Sample Question 11

Which of the following represents the first Financial Action Task Force initiative?

A. The 40 Recommendations on Money Laundering
B. The Report on Non-Cooperative Countries and Territories
C. The Report on Money Laundering Typologies
D. The Special Recommendations on Terrorist Financing


Sample Question 12

Which of the following is the best action to take regarding a particular account once suspicious activity is reported by the institution?

A. Notify the client that the transaction has been reported.
B. Freeze the funds pending notification from the competent authority.
C. Secure all supporting documentation.
D. Immediately close the account.


Sample Question 13

Transfers of money over the last 6 months to a corporation in a jurisdiction with strict secrecy lawstriggered an alert. Which of the following should cause the most suspicion of money laundering? 

A. The jurisdiction is a known tax haven.
B. The company has bearer shares.
C. The corporation director is a European citizen.
D. No financial statements have been filed for 3 years.


Sample Question 14

A European Union (EU) bank has a correspondent banking relationship with a U.S. bank. Under USA PATRIOT Act Section 311, the U.S. government has enacted special measures against a designated entity that has a payable-through account with the EU bank. Which of the following actions might the U.S. bank be required to take regarding the EU bank's services for the designated entity? 

A. Ensure the designated entity's confidential information is not shared with other entities.
B. Obtain additional information about customers permitted to use this account.
C. Verify that the EU bank serves the designated entity.
D. Perform enhanced due diligence on the EU bank. 


Sample Question 15

The anti-money laundering specialist of a small bank has identified suspicious activity at a branch located in an area of town where drug dealers are known to operate. An investigation of this activity discloses that the suspicious transactions occurred within the last 3 months and were processed by thesame teller (cashier). The teller (cashier) did not file an internal report of unusual activity on these transactions. When checking personnel files, the specialist finds that the teller (cashier) has been a trusted employee for over 15 years, has an impeccable work record, and has participated in several antimoney laundering training sessions. The specialist recently became aware that the employee's daughter has contracted a rare disease and is undergoing a very expensive treatment program. Regarding the teller's (cashier's) failure to report the unusual activity to the institution, the specialist should recommend

A. Continuing to monitor the accounts.
B. Refreshing anti-money laundering training for the teller (cashier).
C. Directing the teller (cashier) to file a suspicious transaction report.
D. Suspending the teller's (cashier's) employment.


Sample Question 16

An anti-money laundering specialist at a financial institution has received a legal request to provide all transaction records for a specific individual since 2004. Which of the following item s should be delivered?1. Monthly statements and transaction activities for that individual since 2004.2. All wire transfers for that individual since 2004.3. Signature cards from accounts opened by that individual since 2004.4. All security trading activities for that individual since 2004.  

A. 1, 2, and 3 only
B. 1, 2, and 4 only
C. 1, 3, and 4 only
D. 2, 3, and 4 only


Sample Question 17

An anti-money laundering specialist is concerned that several suspicious transaction reports will discusspotential illegal activity of bank employees. In this situation, which of the following is the immediateconcern for the institution?

A. Prohibiting distribution of suspicious transaction report copies to the Board.
B. The timing of the presentation of suspicious transaction reports to the competent authority.
C. The type of form to be used when reporting to the Board.
D. Ensuring no delay in informing the Board.


Sample Question 18

A charity has unaudited accounts. Which of the following represents the highest risk factor for terroristfinancing? 

A. Disbursement of funds to entities unrelated to the purpose of the charity.
B. An international board composed of politically exposed persons.
C. Frequent deposits from third parties into the charity's bank account.
D. Frequent changes to the senior management of the charity.


Sample Question 19

An offshore company is owned by four equal partners that reside in separate jurisdictions. One partner presents an authenticated power of attorney apparently executed by the remaining three partners in his favor and requests that a bank account be opened on behalf of all partners. He needs this done quickly because there is a large deposit pending. The account-opening officer contacts the bank's anti-money laundering officer for advice. Which of the following should the anti-money laundering officer advise as an initial step? 

A. Verify the identity of all the partners.
B. Verify the source of the deposit.
C. File a suspicious transaction report with the appropriate Financial Intelligence Unit.
D. File a suspicious transaction report with the Egmont Group.


Sample Question 20

Following a recent exercise which explained how a correspondent banking operation could be used byN money launderers, an anti-money laundering specialist decided to re-write the due diligence procedures for entering into agreements with foreign financial institutions. Which of the following information should be included to establish a rigorous "Know Your Respondent" procedure?1. Respondent's management, nature of license, and major business activity.2. Computer equipment and software capability.3. The quality of supervision in the home country.4. Respondent's location, in particular the existence of a real physical presence.

A. 1, 2, and 3 only
B. 1, 2, and 4 only
C. 1, 3, and 4 only
D. 2, 3, and 4 only


Sample Question 21

Which of the following competent authorities should directly receive suspicious or unusual transaction reports?

A. law enforcement
B. an independent judge
C. financial intelligence unit
D. central bank


Sample Question 22

An anti-money laundering specialist has been hired by an independently-owned community bank to implement an anti-money laundering compliance program. This bank has recently seen a dramatic increase in the number of international electronic fund transfers from its commercial clients. The first thing the anti-money laundering specialist should do is

A. file a suspicious transaction report on international customers receiving large electronic fundtransfers.
B. conduct a risk assessment of the bank's international electronic fund transfer activity.
C. develop a new account questionnaire to quantify the level of risk for new international accounts.
D. close all accounts which have had a dramatic increase in international electronic fund transferactivity.


Sample Question 23

A businessman requests a European private bank to open a numbered or alternate name account. According to the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision principles, which of the following is the most important question the banker should ask? 

A. Who will control the account?
B. Who will inherit the proceeds in the event of the businessman's death?
C. How much money will be deposited into the account?
D. What account-opening date should I record'!'


Sample Question 24

An anti-money laundering specialist notes a significant reduction in suspicious transaction report filingsat a particular branch. Which of the following actions is most appropriate?

A. Place the branch on the watchlist to assure a review during the next quarter.
B. Analyze the branch activity reports to determine whether there has been a decrease in branchactivity.
C. Review branch exception reports to determine changes in activity in accordance with customerprofiles.
D. Review staff records to see whether inexperienced personnel are in critical positions withoutappropriate training.


Sample Question 25

Which of the following reflect money laundering risk indicators in relation to a securities account?1. A high level of activity in that securities account immediately followed by a high volume of securitiestransactions.2. Frequent wire transfers into an account immediately followed by debit card transactions.3. Frequent wire transfers into an account immediately followed by checks (cheques) or other paymentinstruments drawn on the account.

A. 1 and 2 only
B. 1 and 3 only
C. 2 and 3 only
D. 1, 2, and 3


Sample Question 26

When creating an anti-money laundering program for a foreign bank with branches in the United States, which of the following are included among the four minimum elements required under the USA PATRIOT Act?1. The development of a Know Your Customer program.2. An ongoing employee training program.3. The designation of a compliance officer.4. An independent audit function to test the program.  

A. 1, 2, and 3 only
B. 1, 2, and 4 only
C. 1, 3, and 4 only
D. 2, 3, and 4 only


Sample Question 27

A financial institution files a suspicious transaction report on a customer as the result of a high volume of large currency deposits to pay off a loan. A law enforcement officer calls the anti-money laundering officer to discuss the suspicious transaction report. Which of the following is the anti-money launderingofficer legally permitted to do?1. Discuss any aspects of the reported activity.2. Provide copies of the customer's loan documents.3. Explain the customer's loan payment history.4. Send the deposit documents referenced in the suspicious transaction report.

A. 1 and 2 only
B. 1 and 4 only
C. 2 and 3 only
D. 2 and 4 only


Sample Question 28

A customer has held an account at a local credit institution for 10 years. The account has received deposits twice weekly for the same amount and has never shown signs of suspect behavior. Monitoring software indicated that in the past few months the account has received several large deposits that were not in line with the account history.When asked, the customer states she recently sold a piece of property, which is supported with a proof of sale. Which of the following should the compliance officer do next?  

A. Investigate these unusual transactions further.
B. Contact the local FIU for advice
C. File an STR with the competent authorities
D. Document reasons for not filing a STR


Sample Question 29

An audit completed the previous week revealed that a private banking customer submitted incompletedocuments when establishing an account earlier in the year. The customer received weekly electronicfund transfers from a narcotic-producing jurisdiction. While the Relationship Manager who opened the account is on leave for 5 weeks, the customer requests that the institution remit a substantial sum to a country that represents a high risk of money laundering. The Relationship Manager is a friend of the anti-money laundering specialist. Which of the following should the anti-money laundering officer do first? 

A. File a suspicious transaction report with the competent authority.
B. Investigate the transfer of funds.
C. Suspend the transfer until the relationship manager returns.
D. Postpone the follow-up on the audit finding.


Sample Question 30

Trusts established in certain offshore jurisdictions make good vehicles to lay under money for which of the following reasons?

A. Names of the settlor and beneficiaries are into publicly available.
B. Trusts are typically set up to minimize taxes.
C. Offshore jurisdictions are unfamiliar with trust.
D. Trusts may hold assets of significant size. 


Sample Question 31

Which of the following customer transactions with a securities dealer would indicate the highestsuspicion of money laundering?

A. Frequent trades in unlisted securities throughout the day on a regular basis.
B. Recurring transfers of money into a brokerage account subsequently invested in short-termsecurities.
C. An unexplained high level of account activity with very low levels of securities transactions
D. Investment in securities with a significantly lower risk than the customer's expressed risk tolerance.


Sample Question 32

With which of the following should an anti-money laundering officer coordinate when implementing a new hire screening program? 

A. Internal auditor
B. Local Financial Intelligence Unit
C. Human resources
D. Institution’s regulator


Sample Question 33

A financial institution located within the European Union has historically allowed anonymous accounts.Which of the following is the best method for this institution to use to ensure compliance with theEuropean Union Money Laundering Directives?

A. Close these accounts immediately and send funds to account holder.
B. Freeze these accounts and remit funds to the appropriate Financial Intelligence Unit beforecompleting any transaction.
C. Alert local law enforcement authorities of activities observed in these accounts.
D. Perform the required customer due diligence on these accounts before accepting or completing anytransaction.


Sample Question 34

An internal investigation log is primarily intended to:

A. Provide training on investigations to the anti-money laundering officer and Financial Intelligence Unit.
B. Track the status of investigations into unusual activity.
C. Report status of investigations to the Board of Directors.
D. Detect and monitor possible suspicious activity.


Sample Question 35

A well-developed anti-money laundering compliance program is unlikely to achieve institutional goalswithout

A. Screening all staff.
B. Training appropriate employees.
C. Verification of account owners. 
D. Endorsement by a competent authority.


Sample Question 36

A suspicious transaction report has been filed on an account owned by the wife of the bank's Chief Executive Officer. Which of the following is the most important consideration when deciding whether to recommend closing the account? 

A. The institution's anti-money laundering policy
B. Requests from the competent authority
C. Customer relations
D. Chief Executive's reputational risk


Sample Question 37

The most important anti-money laundering issue associated with on-line banking is accurately

A. Capturing data
B. Analyzing data
C. Identifying clients
D. Generating reports


Sample Question 38

During the course of work on behalf of a client, a lawyer participated in the movement of money. If the lawyer suspects an act of money laundering, which of the following should the lawyer do according to European Union Money Laundering Directives?

A. Follow bank secrecy laws.
B. Report the facts to the competent authorities.
C. Inform the client of the intent to terminate services.
D. Adhere to business confidentiality laws.


Sample Question 39

Which scenario is closest to the definition of money laundering the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and Other Protocols provided?

A. Filing a suspicious transaction report when you know or suspect money laundering is taking place
B. Knowingly financing a resort development with the proceeds of arms trafficking
C. Assisting a client in a property conveyance by effecting the transfer of ownership from the seller tothe purchaser when you don’t know the purchaser
D. Discussing your suspicions with a client, thus giving the client the opportunity to switch serviceproviders and to cover his tracks in future transactions


Sample Question 40

Once a financial institution has reported suspicious transactions on a valued customer, it shouldcooperate with competent authorities by:

A. Maintaining adequate written documentation of all individuals and transactions reported.
B. Hinting to the customer that she should come in and explain her behavior.
C. Submitting information upon receiving a legal request from parties involved in a civil lawsuit.
D. Providing the supporting documentation to competent authorities upon request.


Sample Question 41

Which event occurs most frequently in money laundering in the insurance industry?

A. Getting a reimbursement from an overfunded policy
B. Purchasing full-term insurance bonds
C. Failing to take advantage of the free-look period
D. Redeeming a policy at the end of its term


Sample Question 42

Which action indicates possible Penza scheme activity?

A. A licensed seller offers higher profit on investments in a high risk country
B. An unlicensed investment advisor offers profits other investments cannot guarantee
C. A licensed investment advisor lures aging/retired professionals to invest in securities
D. A unlicensed investment advisor offers returns that are competitive with industry benchmarks 


Sample Question 43

On discovering employees had unintentionally provided assistance to customers who were structuringtransactions, an anti-money laundering specialist should recommend.

A. Beginning termination procedures for these employees. 
B. Contacting law enforcement to monitor these employees.
C. Providing remedial training to these employees.
D. Transferring these employees to another branch.


Sample Question 44

The owner of a local retail store makes multiple deposits daily at a bank. When the owner makes thesedeposits, it is noted that he goes to different tellers (cashiers). The deposits consist of cash in amountsless than the currency reporting threshold. Which of the following best describes this activity?

A. layering
B. structuring
C. integration
D. commingling


Sample Question 45

An account officer who maintains an excellent relationship with the finance manager for a correspondent bank customer learns that many records for the correspondent bank have been requested by law enforcement. In the interest of maintaining a good relationship with the customer, the account officer sets up a meeting to discuss the legal request with the customer. The account officer intends to discuss points related to the investigation during this meeting. Which of the following should an anti-money laundering specialist recommend?

A. Discuss all the points being investigated by law enforcement to ensure the correspondent bank iswell prepared when approached.
B. Let his manager know what conversations have taken place with the customer and document theaccount file accordingly.
C. Limit discussions about the investigation with the customer and be satisfied that he has providedproper notice to the customer.
D. The meeting should be cancelled as he has already behaved inappropriately by alerting the customerto the investigation.


Sample Question 46

Which three conduits for moving terrorist-related funds do terrorist financing generally favor? Choose 3 answers

A. Banks and/or other formal financial systems
B. Informal financial systems
C. Currency exchange firms
D. Cash couriers


Sample Question 47

Which practices are dealers in antiques, precious metals, precious stones, jewelry, and art advised to follow to reduce the element of money laundering risk? Choose 3 answers

A. Insist on all vendors signing a declaration that the item placed by them for sale was not stolen oracquired through illegitimate means
B. Verify the identities of all new vendors and customers and conduct due diligence on them
C. Avoid accepting cash payment from the buyers
D. Insist all vendors submit an appropriate license issued by enforcement agencies authorizing the sale


Sample Question 48

A non-U.S. bank asks its U.S. correspondent whether there is risk of having funds seized in their correspondent account if a customer is involved in a predicate offense. The correspondent bank's reply should be, 

A. "No, only U.S. accounts for U.S. citizens can be seized and forfeited by the competent authority."
B. "No, only correspondent accounts of U.S. banks can be seized and forfeited by governmentagencies."
C. "Yes, if it is suspected that money laundering has occurred solely in the U.S."
D. "Yes, also if the customer's account is used in a country other than the U.S. by suspected moneylaunderers."


Sample Question 49

A national Financial Intelligence Unit, which is responsible for receiving, analyzing and disseminating disclosure of financial information, should consider becoming a member of what organization?

A. The Egmont Group
B. The Wolfsberg Group
C. The Financial Action Task Force
D. The Basel Committee


Sample Question 50

An anti-money laundering consultant audits a bank's current anti-money laundering policies, proceduresand controls. The bank serves high-income, high net-worth clients who include non-residents and offshore businesses. During a review of the customers list, the anti-money laundering consultant determines that he and the bank have mutual clients. The bank's written anti-money laundering program includes a process for the bank to establish the identity of the person with whom they conduct business, but does not address monitoring of customer account activity. The consultant should recommend the bank:

A. Continue to follow the current written anti-money laundering program.
B. Focus on high-risk customer acceptance procedures.
C. Reduce the risk rating on the mutual customers.
D. Revise the procedures to better assess ongoing customer activity.


Sample Question 51

Which three stages of money laundering are on-line banking vulnerable to?

A. Placement
B. Layering
C. Integration
D. Structuring


Sample Question 52

Normal account-opening procedures reveal a customer who contacted a financial institution to open abank account is the brother of a prominent member of a foreign judiciary. Which of the followingactions should the anti-money laundering specialist recommend immediately?

A. Monitor the customer's account.
B. Perform enhanced due diligence.
C. File a suspicious transaction report with the competent authority.
D. Contact the institution's legal advisor.


Sample Question 53

Why are Money Services Business (MSBs) frequently accused of being high risk for money laundering?

A. A MSB should be used to hide money from a regulated entity
B. MSBs generally charge lower commission rates than banks charge making them attractive tocriminals
C. MSBs can route funds to more high risk countries than banks
D. MSBs are subject to regulatory scrutiny which varies greatly from country to country


Sample Question 54

Which of the following should an anti-money laundering specialist consider the most serious deficiencywhen detected during a regulatory audit of the anti-money laundering program? 

A. The compliance officer fails to have on-going meetings with upper management to keep themapprised of current money laundering trends.
B. The company's anti-money laundering manual has not been updated to reflect a recent internalcontrol enhancement.
C. The company has failed to download the most recent regulation from the Financial Intelligence Unitweb site.
D. The company has not implemented an anti-money laundering training program.


Sample Question 55

Which three actions should employees be instructed to do during an internal investigation?

A. Provide corporate documents directly to law enforcement
B. Inform counsel of all request for documentation
C. Make copies of all documents provided to law enforcement
D. Keep a log of the documents requested


Sample Question 56

An anti-money laundering specialist is employed by a large multi-national bank. The bank is planning toopen an international department that will be responsible for expanding services to various countries.The head of the new international department has asked the specialist to assess risks associated withthe bank's expansion plans. Which of the following materials should be included as a reference?1. USA PATRIOT Act2. Financial Action Task Force 40 Recommendations3. Customer Due Diligence for Banks issued by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision4. The Egmont Group Statement of Purpose

A. 1, 2, and 3 only
B. 1, 2, and 4 only
C. 1, 3, and 4 only
D. 2, 3, and 4 only


Sample Question 57

What is the intentional evasion of a reporting or recordkeeping requirement?

A. Money laundering
B. Layering
C. Placement
D. Structuring


Sample Question 58

Which of the following best describes the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision's principles oncustomer due diligence?

A. Multilateral agreement between all members.
B. A recommendation to members and banks.
C. Generally accepted terms issued by big international banks.
D. A country's initiative to increase the reputation of its financial market.


Sample Question 59

When a bank performs a risk assessment, what areas should an institution focus on?

A. The type and location of the institution’s clients
B. The nature and breadth of the services and products the institution provides
C. The geographic locations where the institution does business
D. The amount of the money the institution earns prior to taxes


Sample Question 60

Which of the following is the most likely reason for the Financial Action Task Force to remove ajurisdiction from the Non-Cooperative Countries and Territories list? 

A. Conducting successful annual self-assessments.
B. Entering into a mutual legal assistance treaty.
C. Joining the Wolfsberg Group.
D. Receiving a favorable mutual evaluation.


Sample Question 61

What indicates potential money laundering activity by a lawyer?

A. A lawyer’s trust account regularly receives wire transfers from unknown remitters in a high riskcountry and immediately redirects the same funds to the same remitters account in a low risk country
B. A lawyer’s trust account receives a large value wire transfer from a publicly listed life insurancecompany and then immediately transfers the same funds out to an unknown individual in a low riskcountry
C. A lawyer’s account in a low risk country receives a bank draft from another lawyer firm in a high riskcountry
D. A lawyer’s account in a high risk country receives a cash deposit of an amount that is considerablebelow the reporting threshold


Sample Question 62

What is the most effective criterion for determining the beneficial ownership of funds?

A. Having signature authority over the account
B. Being the person in whose name an account is opened with a financial institution
C. Having control over such funds or entitlement to such funds
D. Being a person who is the trusted party in a correspondent banking relationship


Sample Question 63

An individual opened an account with a minimal cash deposit at a financial institution. He presented a foreign passport and stated he would be working locally for a few months. He also requested information about making electronic fund transfers. The institution was subsequently unable to verify the employment or residence information provided by the individual. Soon after this, a large transfer was sent to the customer's account. Which of the following is the course of action recommended by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision's Customer Due Diligence for Banks?

A. Post the deposit to the account and notify the customer that the deposit has been made.
B. Implement enhanced due diligence procedures to monitor the account for suspicious activity.
C. Close the account and return the funds to the source from which they were received.
D. End the relationship by sending a check (cheque) to the customer for the full amount in the account.


Sample Question 64

To what extent should senior management and the Board of Directors be involved in the filing of any STR?

A. They should be informed of all significant STRs and the numbers and trends of the filings
B. They should be given copies of all STRs filed by the institution
C. They should review and approve the filing of all STRs
D. They should be the only designated individuals to communicate with law enforcement


Sample Question 65

The most effective tool used to detect structured transactions is

A. Verification of the source of funds.
B. A comprehensive account-opening procedure.
C. An employee training program to detect suspicious transactions.
D. A software program that can link apparently unrelated transactions.


Sample Question 66

Which three statements are true about on-line banking offering a significant money laundering risk to a financial institution?

A. The nature of on-line banking can make it difficult to establish who is controlling the account
B. The ease of access through the internet enables cross border movement of funds
C. Due to client confidentiality, information collected on-line cannot be shared with law enforcementagencies on mere suspicion
D. The speed of electronic transaction enables execution of multiple complex transactions within shorttime frame


Sample Question 67

An anti-money laundering specialist at a large institution is responsible for informing senior management about the status of the anti-money laundering program across the organization. The global institution handles retail banking, commercial banking, global markets, private banking and has anaffiliated securities dealer. The specialist and the team provide corporate strategic direction to these areas on anti-money laundering related subjects. The following information is reported to executive management on a regular basis:? Total number of suspicious transactions identified and reported ? Suspicious transaction trends? Training that has occurred for the various units? Status report on the anti-money laundering regulatory environment? Summary of exception reportsWhich of the following additional elements is the most useful? 

A. The total credit exposure for non-cooperative countries and territories.  
B. Results of related audits and examinations.  
C. Details on inquiries received from law enforcement.  
D. Notification of management changes in the different major divisions.  


Sample Question 68

Historically, which vehicle is most often used to hide beneficial ownership?

A. Professional association
B. An offshore company
C. A limited liability partnership
D. A charitable organization


Sample Question 69

Which method is indicative of potential money laundering and terrorist financing activity?

A. Client converts 500 Euro in mixed denomination notes to small denomination U.S. bills in a singletransaction
B. A commercial client in the export business regularly receives wire transfers from high risk countries
C. An unknown client purchases multiple monetary instruments for one person during the course of oneday
D. An unknown client pays $1,000 in cash for an urgent transfer to a high risk country


Sample Question 70

When an institution receives a document request from law enforcement with regard to an STR that the institution has filed, what should institution do? 

A. It should turn over the documents that were previously collected to support the STR
B. It should request a written subpoena or court order before turning over any documents
C. It should have its outside counsel review the request and the documents before doing anything
D. It should politely decline to provide the requested documents until the law enforcement agency canexplain the nature and purpose of its inquiry


Sample Question 71

A large cash deposit most likely reflects money laundering when it is:1. from a customer who has never conducted a transaction in cash before.2. transacted in segments smaller than the reporting thresholds at various times during the day.3. followed by an immediate wire transfer to an offshore secrecy haven.4. by a customer who operates a cash-based business.

A. 1, 2, and 3 only
B. l, 2, and 4 only
C. 1, 3, and 4 only
D. 2, 3, and 4 only


Sample Question 72

Historically, which of the following vehicles is most often used to hide beneficial ownership?

A. an offshore company
B. a professional association
C. a limited liability partnership
D. a charitable organization


Sample Question 73

Which function provided by lawyers can be useful to a potential money launderer as documented byFATF in its typology report 2000-2001? Choose 3 answers

A. Creating complex legal arrangements
B. Buying and selling property
C. Performing financial transactions on behalf of a client
D. Providing legal advice


Sample Question 74

A compliance officer is developing an anti-money laundering program for a financial institution located in a Financial Action Task Force member country. The institution conducts business with customers located in countries/jurisdictions that are not members of Financial Action Task Force. Which of thefollowing issues should be addressed in the program?1. The requirement to identify the beneficial owners of accounts.2. The requirement for customer identification for the opening of new accounts.3. The financial institution's obligation to report suspicious transactions.4. The obligation to freeze funds involved in suspicious transactions.

A. 1, 2, and 3 only
B. 1, 2, and 4 only
C. 1, 3, and 4 only
D. 2, 3, and 4 only


Sample Question 75

In establishing procedures for the review of suspicious transactions and filling of STRs, what thing should an institution focus on?

A. The need to have on-going training as to potential red flags that the institution might encounter
B. The appropriateness of having a centralized review of suspicious transactions and recommendationsto file an STR to ensure consistency
C. A system for tracking STRs and ensuring that appropriate supporting documentation is segregatedand maintained
D. The need not to ensure that the institution has a strong case of impropriety before filling an STR


Sample Question 76

According to the Financial Action Task Force 40 Recommendations, to fulfill identification requirementsconcerning legal entities, financial institutions should take measures to verify

A. the financial status of the legal entity through documented proof of the entity's other bankingrelations.
B. a person purporting to act on behalf of the legal entity who is a resident in a country with strictsecrecy laws.
C. the legal existence and ownership structure of the legal entity.
D. funds or trusts maintained by terrorists.


Sample Question 77

What three attributes do havens for money laundering and terrorist financing typically have? Choose 3 answers

A. Limited types of institutions and persons covered by money laundering laws and regulations
B. Little enforcement of the laws, weak penalties or provisions that make it difficult to confiscate orfreeze assets related to money laundering
C. A large number of predicate crimes for money laundering
D. Absence of an effective FIU


Sample Question 78

According to Basel Committee on Banking Supervision guidelines, which of the following statementsbest describes the relationship between the internal audit function and compliance?

A. The internal audit methodology should include an assessment of compliance risk.
B. An internal audit program of adequacy of the bank's compliance function should be established, butshould not include review of transactions.
C. The compliance function and internal audit function should be combined.
D. The auditors should not discuss internal audit findings with compliance management to maintainindependence.


Sample Question 79

What types of things should an institution incorporate in it AML policies and procedures? Choose 3 answers 

A. On-going training, as well as initial training of new employees
B. Periodic audits, to be performed by independent staff at least once a year
C. Ability to incorporate relevant legislative and regulatory AML changes
D. Review of the AML policy by the Board of Directors


Sample Question 80

A financial institution recently purchased anti-money laundering software. The software routinely generates more alerts than the anti-money laundering staff can properly analyze as a result of limited staffing. These alerts are generated by default software rules. Which of the following should the individual responsible for setting the anti-money laundering software parameters recommend?

A. Reset software parameters to reduce risk sensitivity.
B. Disable the software until more staff are trained to process alerts.
C. Ensure alert parameters are based on risk.
D. Adjust software parameters so the number of alerts decrease gradually.


Sample Question 81

In which situation can money laundering adversely affect a country’s currencies and interest rates due to launderers investing dirty funds? 

A. They invest in high risk ventures with high rates of return
B. They invest in legitimate companies as a way of making their funds appear to be legitimate
C. They invest in shell companies in secrecy havens that intentionally manipulate rates
D. They invest in a way to hide funds rather than get a high rate of return


Sample Question 82

AThe most important concerns imposed on foreign financial institutions maintaining correspondentaccounts with U.S. banks under the USA PATRIOT Act are:1. Cancellation of correspondent banking relationships.2. Forfeiture of funds in a U.S. interbank account.3. Prohibition of correspondent accounts for shell banks.4. U.S. residents maintaining private banking accounts.

A. 1, 2, and 3 only
B. 1, 2, and 4 only
C. 1, 3, and 4 only
D. 2, 3, and 4 only


Sample Question 83

Under the Wolfsberg AML Principles on Private Banking when establishing a relationship with a trust afinancial institution should perform due diligence on which three parties? Choose 3 answers

A. Those entitled to the funds (e.g., beneficiaries)
B. The provider of funds (e.g., settlor)
C. Those who have the power to appoint or remove trustees
D. Those who have power over the funds (e.g., trustees)


Sample Question 84

n internal review of anti-money laundering training documentation revealed only new agents employed by a financial institution that sells life insurance products were trained. Additionally, it typically took the institution 8 months to begin training for new actuaries. The compliance officer explained training was limited to actuaries because they perform the only high-risk function. The institution relied on e-learning techniques without follow- up assessment.Which of the following issues would the internal review most likely recommend?

A. All staff, apart from the Board of Directors, must be trained.
B. Pro duct-specific anti-money laundering training should be provided company-wide.
C. The institution must provide anti-money laundering training to actuaries within 6 months.
D. Continue using e-learning to emphasize anti-money laundering content during training. 


Sample Question 85

Which statement describes the relationship between the internal audit function and compliance?

A. The internal audit methodology should include an assessment of compliance risk 
B. An internal audit program of the adequacy of the bank’s compliance function should be established,but should not include review of transactions
C. The compliance function and internal audit function should be combined
D. In order to maintain independence, the auditors should not discuss internal audit findings withcompliance management


Sample Question 86

A financial institution accepts new on-line customers. After customers have provided acceptableidentification, the institution should next

A. Confirm the validity of the customer information.
B. Obtain an electronic picture of each customer.
C. Closely monitor the account for 30 days.
D. Establish the account based on the information provided.


Sample Question 87

What is a Hawala?

A. A hedge fund in the Middle East
B. A licensed means of transferring money
C. A method of transferring funds based on trust
D. A transaction monitoring package for banks


Sample Question 88

A junior account manager within an international private bank in Country A noticed that one of his valued customers, who has held an account for several years in the institution, started making cash deposits in batches through various banks in Country B. The account never received cash deposits andthe junior account manager knew that banks in Country B were located very close to each other. What should the junior account manager do?

A. Close the account.
B. File a suspicious transaction report with the Financial Intelligence Unit.
C. Notify the anti-money laundering specialist of his bank, but do not call the customer.
D. Offer the customer a more secure method of depositing in the hope of learning something moreduring the conversation.


Sample Question 89

According to the FATF Special Recommendation VII, cross-border wire transfers over 1,000 EUR/USD should be accompanied by what information?

A. The originator’s account number
B. The purpose of the transfer
C. Customer Due Diligence information
D. The AML standards that apply to the transfer


Sample Question 90

AAn alert has been triggered by a monitoring system and an investigation has been opened. The activity involves significant and multiple cash deposits into a personal account and transferring funds to an offshore bank on the same day. Further investigation reveals this personal account had experienced lowlevels of activity for the past 6 months and funds are transferred to the account of a charitable organization. Which of the following is the next step that the Compliance Officer should take?

A. Prohibit further transactions with the charitable organization.
B. Conduct enhanced due diligence on the charity's trustees.
C. Place the charitable organization on the bank's internal "watchlist."
D. File a suspicious transaction report with the competent authority.


Sample Question 91

While all employees need AML awareness training, which three groups within the institution shouldreceive targeted AML training? Choose 3 answers

A. The AML officer and the compliance staff
B. Employees who have contact with customers or transactions
C. Senior Management and the human resources staff
D. The Board of Directors and Senior Management


Sample Question 92

casino incorporated in an offshore location approaches a financial institution to open an account relationship. The casino operates in a country that complies with Financial Action Task Force 40 Recommendations. The casino provides documentation of beneficial ownership. According to theFinancial Action Task Force 40 Recommendations, the primary concern for the financial institution prior to opening the account is to

A. Verify the casino is licensed.
B. Secure gaming insurance.
C. Determine whether the casino conducts on-line gaming.
D. Ensure the financial institution knows the casino's customers.


Sample Question 93

A client has retained a lawyer to create a financial holding company. The lawyer resides in Europe. The client provides all requested documentation to the lawyer. However, the lawyer becomes suspicious that the customer is engaged in criminal activity and intends to use the financial holding company for money laundering purposes. Which of the following should an anti-money laundering specialist recommend according to the European Union Money Laundering Directives?

A. There is no need to file a suspicious transaction report, as this activity is covered by attorney-clientprivilege.
B. Freeze the client's assets so that all records can be turned over to the competent authorities.
C. Report the activity as suspicious to the competent authority because the lawyer is covered by thesedirectives.
D. Consult with the competent authority to receive advice on how to handle the transaction.


Sample Question 94

Which issue does the FATF special Recommendations on Terrorist Financing address?

A. Freezing and confiscating assets
B. Ratification of European Union directives
C. Non-cooperative countries and territories
D. Mutual evaluation of Arabic countries


Sample Question 95

Can trading in antiques be useful for money laundering?

A. No, because the antiques market is rather small and unusual transactions would draw attention.
B. No, because antique sales and purchases are highly regulated worldwide.
C. Yes, because cash is often physically hidden within the antiques themselves.
D. Yes, because antiques can be of high value and often easily transported.


Sample Question 96

When hiring new employees, what should an institution do to ensure that the prospective employee is properly screened? 

A. Review the accuracy of the candidate’s resume and written statements as to his or her background
B. Evaluate the level of training the candidate has had in preparation for the prospective position
C. Contact the candidate’s last school to ascertain the candidate graduated with a valid degree
D. Perform a criminal background check on the candidate



Exam Code: CAMS
Exam Name: Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialist (the 6th edition)
Last Update: May 13, 2024
Questions: 619