Detects FIU illicit operations in León, Guanajuato, with cryptocurrencies

Mexico.- The Financial Intelligence Unit (UIF) detected two cases of illicit activities related to the acquisition of cryptocurrencies.

In the first case, related to human trafficking, money was sent to Panama and the United States to buy cryptocurrencies. The second case was linked to some hackers in Leon, Guanajuato, who attacked the financial system to withdraw resources and acquire bitcoins, detailed Santiago Nieto, head of the Financial Intelligence Unit (UIF).

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“Today 12 companies are registered in the anti-laundering portal of the SAT (Tax Administration Service) and the FIU that have given a total of 2,400 notices regarding operations of more than 56 thousand pesos in operations related to cryptocurrencies and we are giving punctual follow-up of two cases where an illegal activity related to the acquisition of the same was found “

He said at the conference to present the National Strategy to Combat Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing.

Cryptocurrencies and virtual asset providers are listed as an emerging risk for the financial system at the global level, so they should be subject to review.

“We have a strong money laundering prevention system regarding Fintech companies and the only issue that should be subject to review at a global level is virtual asset providers, that is, cryptocurrencies”

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With the Covid-19 pandemic, cases related to financial fraud from cyber crimes and identity theft multiplied, the official said.

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