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The Money Laundering Risks of E-Commerce

Bron: Protiviti - 01 oktober 2021

The global e-commerce market is projected to approach $5 trillion in sales in 2021[1] — pretty impressive for an industry that only came into existence in 1991 when the internet was opened for commercial use. With brick-and-mortar stores shuttered because of COVID-19 and online buying the only option many consumers had, retail e-commerce sales in 2020 grew by double-digits in every region of the globe, ranging from 15.5% in Asia Pacific to 21.5% in Central and Eastern Europe.[2]

Although growth rates are expected to moderate with the re-opening of traditional retailers, the compound annual growth rate for e-commerce globally for 2020 – 2024 is forecast at 8.1%.[3] That’s good for online merchants and platforms. It’s good for money launderers, too. After all, why would a money launderer hassle with the physical transport of ill-gotten gains or risk dealing with financial institutions with savvy detection capabilities when laundering money can be done with a few clicks of a computer in an environment that may not always be vigilant in detecting fraud?

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