This document gives an overview of the standards of the “Know Your Customer” and “Anti-Money Laundering” policies, thereby setting our practices for the prevention of money-laundering activities while dealing with our users.
The objective of AML/KYC Policy is to prevent Geekchange from being used, intentionally or unintentionally, by criminal elements for money-laundering activities. The Policy also mandates making reasonable efforts to determine the true identity and beneficial ownership of accounts, source of funds, the nature of customer’s business, the reasonableness of operations in the account in relation to the customer’s business, etc., which in turn helps us to manage its risks prudently.
We strive to protect our customers from fraudulent and scam activities in the crypto assets sphere. Geekchange employs a steadfast approach in the implementation of the latest recommendations and revised guidelines by FATF, European Parliament, and regulators of the financial industry by and large. Our in-compliance policy stance is designed to detect funds proven to be involved in illicit activities as well as to protect the funds of our customers who have fallen victims to hacks, ransomware and malware attacks. The toolkit at work committed to fighting money laundering and its implications is comprised of policy regulations in conjunction with recent developments in software aimed at tracking suspicious transactions in real time.
Our AML/KYC Policy, procedures, and internal controls are designed to ensure compliance with all applicable regulations and rules and will be reviewed and updated on a regular basis to ensure appropriate policies, procedures, and internal controls are in place, to account for both changes in regulations and changes in our business.
1. Customer Identification Procedure (CIP)
CIP applies to transactions that are spotted by our scoring system as suspicious. We will collect certain customer identification information from each customer who passes CIP; utilize risk-based measures to verify the identity of each customer who passes CIP; record customer identification information and the verification methods and results; provide adequate CIP notice to customers that we will seek identification information from to verify their identities.
Geekchange service warns users against attempts to use Geekchange service for money laundering, terrorism financing, fraud of any kind, as well as against using the service for purchasing prohibited goods and services.
Geekchange service, its administration, employees and domain owners are not responsible for misuse of the Geekchange service by third parties, malefactors and possible damages related to the use of Geekchange service.
- To prevent transactions of an illegal nature, Geekchange service sets certain requirements for all Applications created by the User:
- The sender and the recipient of the Payment on the Application must be the same person. Transfers in favor of third parties using the Service are strictly prohibited.
- All the contact information entered by the User in the Application, as well as other personal data transmitted by the User to the Service must be current and fully accurate.
- It is strictly forbidden to create Applications by the User using anonymous proxy-servers, VPN, Tor or any other anonymous Internet connections.
c. Verification Ptrocedures
- One of the international standards for the prevention of illegal activities is customer due diligence (hereinafter – Verification). To this end, Geekchange implements its own verification procedures in strict anti-money laundering standards and a procedure «Know Your Client».
- The Geekchange Service may require the User to provide the Geekchange Service with reliable, independent source documents, data or information (e.g., national ID card, international passport, bank statement). For such purposes, the Geekchange Service reserves the right to collect User identification information for purposes of compliance with the AML/KYC Policy.
- Geekchange Service will take steps to verify the authenticity of documents and information provided by Users. All legal methods to double check identifying information will be used, and the Geekchange Service reserves the right to investigate cases of certain Users whose identities have been determined to be dangerous or suspicious.
- Geekchange Service reserves the right to verify the User's identity on an ongoing basis, especially when his/her identification information has been changed or his/her activity seems suspicious (unusual for a particular User). In addition, Geekchange Service reserves the right to ask Users for up-to-date documents, even if they have been authenticated in the past.
- After confirmation of the User's identity, Geekchange Service may refuse to provide services to the User in a situation where the Geekchange Service is used to conduct illegal activities.
- Users who intend to use payment cards for the purpose of consuming services must complete card verification according to the instructions available at Geekchange.com
- Geekchange Service has regulatory requirements to verify the source of funds or cryptocurrency to know that the sources of funds that Users use to trade are legitimate.
d. Responsible officer
- The AML Compliance Officer is the person duly authorized by the Geekchange Service whose responsibility it is to ensure that AML/KYC policies are effectively implemented and enforced.
- It is the responsibility of such officer to oversee all aspects of Geekchange's anti-money laundering activities, including money laundering and terrorist financing, including but not limited to the following methods: collection of user identification information;
- create and update internal policies and procedures for completing, reviewing, submitting and maintaining all reports and records required by applicable laws and regulations;
- monitoring transactions and investigating any significant deviations from normal activity;
- implementation of a records management system for proper storage and retrieval of documents, files, forms and journals;
- regular updating of the risk assessment;
- providing law enforcement agencies with the information they need under applicable laws and regulations.
- The AML Compliance Officer has the right to interact with law enforcement agencies that are involved in the prevention of money laundering, terrorist financing and other illegal activities.
2. System functions
- The Geekchange service performs many compliance-related tasks, including data collection, filtering, record keeping, investigation management and reporting. System functions include:
- checking Users daily for the existence of recognized «blacklists» (e.g. OFAC), aggregating transmissions across multiple data points, placing Users on watch and denial of service lists, opening cases for investigation where appropriate, sending internal communications and completing mandatory reports, if applicable;
- case and document management.
3. Behavior Analysist
Geekchange Service verifies Users not only by checking their identity, but more importantly, by analyzing their behavior in transactions. Therefore, Geekchange Service relies on data analysis as a risk assessment and suspicion detection tool.
4. Risk scores
Geekchange, in line with international requirements, applies risk assessment practices to combat money laundering and terrorist financing. By applying risk assessment practices to combat money laundering, Geekchange ensures that measures to prevent or mitigate money laundering and terrorist financing are commensurate with the risks identified.
5. Performing customer checks
- If the Administration of Geekchange Service reasonably suspects that the User is attempting to use the Service for money laundering or any other illegal activity, the Administration has the right to do so:
- suspend the user's exchange operation;
- ask the User for documents identifying him/herself;
- request any additional information and documents from the User in case of suspicious transactions;
- ensure that reports of the suspicious nature of transactions are relayed to appropriate law enforcement agencies through the AML compliance officer.
- The Geekchange Service and its employees are obliged to maintain confidentiality regarding any facts revealed in connection with any questionable transaction. This obligation also applies to users of the Service and to third parties to whom information on the transaction has been transmitted.
- The obligation of confidentiality imposed on Geekchange Service employees shall survive the termination of their employment or any other contractual relationship with Geekchange Service or the transfer of such employees to another workplace. Disclosure of such information to governmental, law enforcement or other entities as permitted by law does not constitute a breach of the obligation of confidentiality.
- The obligation of confidentiality, provided that the use of disclosed information is limited to preventing the legitimization of proceeds of crime and terrorist financing, may not apply to disclosures between financial institutions that form a consolidated group that cooperates with the Geekchange Service.
Therefore, Geekchange Service shall not be held legally responsible for its use for money laundering, terrorist financing or prohibited goods and services purchase purposes, but shall take all possible and available actions to prevent any attempts to use the Geekchange Service for money laundering, terrorist financing or prohibited goods and services purchase purposes.