Suspicious Activity Report (SAR)

Suspicious Activity Report (SAR)

A SAR is a Suspicious Activity Report, a piece of information which alerts law enforcement that certain client/customer activity is in some way suspicious and might indicate money laundering or terrorist financing. Submitting a SAR provides law enforcement with valuable information on potential criminality.

The purpose of the SAR is to identify illegal activity including tax fraud, money laundering, terrorist financing and other financial fraud.

A SAR must be filed no later than 30 calendar days after the date of initial detection of facts that may constitute a basis for the filing. Financial institutions have to keep a copy of the SAR and the original or business record of any supporting documentation for five years.

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