Three domestic banks are inspected by South Korean financial regulators over their compliance with recently introduced anti-money laundering rules for cryptocurrency exchange accounts. The Financial Services Commission (FSC) and the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) will conduct on-site inspections on the NongHyup, KB Kookmin and KEB Hana banks from April 19 to 25.
At the beginning of this year the FSC forbade domestic banks from offering virtual, anonymous accounts to cryptocurrency exchange customers from February in a bid to prevent money laundering and illegal capital outflow via cryptocurrencies. Since that prohibition NongHyup, KookMin, Shinhan, KEB Hana, IBK, and JB have been developing their implementations of the new procedures, three of which will be inspected later this month.
The essence of the inspection will be if the banks have fully complied with the new real-name verification rules for cryptocurrency exchanges in South Korea. Moreover, the FIU also urged other financial institutions not included in the inspection this time to conduct their own checks in an effort to comply with the new anti-money laundering and real-name verification guidelines.