The Government's new "Flag it up" campaign targets UK Money Laundering and is aimed at increasing awareness among estate agents, accountants and solicitors of their obligations with regards to Anti-Money Laundering.
Criminals continue to employ a range of 'techniques' to clean their "dirty money" and the property sector continues to be targeted because expert skills and services give a cloak of legitimacy to illicit cash. This is why, estate agents, have a crucial role to play in protecting the UK's economy, and wider society by reporting suspicious activity.
Estate (or high value letting agents) are legally obligated under the 2017 Money Laundering Regulations to submit a Suspicious Activity Report (SAR) to the National Crime Agency if you suspect that money laundering may be taking place. A high quality SAR can provide crucial intelligence for law enforcement and can help to prevent a wide range of serious and organised crime and terrorist activities. Investigations are often based on multiple SARs, and your report could be the missing piece of the puzzle.