The SAR Activity Review Trends, Tips Issues, Issue 11, May 2007

07-RA-04 / June 2007
The SAR Activity Review Trends, Tips Issues, Issue 11, May 2007
All Federally-Insured Credit Unions
All Federally-Insured Credit Unions
The SAR Activity Review Trends, Tips Issues, Issue 11, May 2007

Dear Board of Directors:

This Regulatory Alert is to notify you of the May 2007 issue of the SAR Activity Review –Trends, Tips & Issues published by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). This publication provides information relating to activity reported on Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs). Topics in this issue include:

  • Section 2: Trends and Analysis – An update on SARs related to unregistered/unlicensed Money Services Businesses (MSBs) as reported by depository institutions;
  • Section 3: Law Enforcement Cases – Including fraud and racketeering cases, transactions with Iran and debt elimination schemes;
  • Section 4: Tips on Form Preparation and Filing – The most frequently asked questions related to the proper preparation of a SAR, including:
    • Suspicious Activity Reporting for International Lottery Scams;
    • Date to use when correcting a previously filed SAR; and
    • Filing SARs on individuals using both Individual Taxpayer Identification Numbers (ITINs) and Social Security Numbers (SSNs);
  • Section 5: Issues and Guidance – Current issues raised with regard to the preparation and filing of SARs including:
    • Description of debt elimination schemes; and
    • The diverse uses of SAR data.

The SAR Activity Review – Trends, Tips & Issues is published by FinCEN on a periodic basis to provide meaningful information about the preparation, use and value of SARs filed by financial institutions. Previous issues covered a wide variety of topics of interest to credit unions including, but not limited to:

  • SAR filing for Unlicensed/Unregistered MSBs (Issue 10, May 2006);
  • Continued SAR filing when no law enforcement action has been taken (Issue 10, May 2006);
  • SAR filing for “Third Party Receiver of Funds” Scams (Issue 10, May 2006);
  • Guidance for providing SARs to appropriate law enforcement entities (Issue 9, October 2005);
  • Overview of SAR Training Elements (Issue 8, April 2005)
  • Guidance as to what to do when asked for production of SARs (Issue 7, November 2004)



JoAnn M Johnson



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