FinCEN alert on fraud schemes with Employee Retention Credit

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The Financial Crimes Enforcement (FinCEN) has issued an alert to financial institutions on fraud schemes related to the COVID-19 Employee Retention Credit (ERC).

The alert urges firms to remain vigilant in identifying and reporting related suspicious activity, and covers:

  • FinCEN’s Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) Filing Request;
  • Trends and Typologies of ERC-Related Financial Crimes;
  • Financial Red Flag Indicators of ERC Fraud; and
  • Reminder of Relevant BSA Obligations and Tools for U.S. Financial Institutions.

Firms should view the alert and remain aware of the fraud schemes alongside their reporting requirements.

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