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Refugee sending money to Lebanon

Client tells me that the £1k in his bank account was given to him by a Syrian refugee.

Client who is normally very responsible has told me that the 1400 US dollars  paid into his bank account were given to him by a Syrian refugee to send to somebody in Lebanon. Client felt sorry for the refugee and agreed to do this for him. Simply guy gave client US dollars client used his cash takings and sent £1k through Western Union  (using clients  passport as identification) to an unknown person in Lebanon. I can think of no legal  reason why a Syrian refugee would want my client to carry out such a transaction. Does this sound like a tall story or does anybody have any information why the refugee would want a third party involved. Client is a "do gooder" and is involved in voluntary work. I am hoping that my client has not involved himself in supporting terrorist activities.This whole things sounds like madness to me but I am trying to work out what on earth is going on and if this transaction has taken place where do I stand. Thanks for any advice.

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16th Apr 2018 23:34

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to atleastisoundknowledgable...
17th Apr 2018 12:07

Hi atleast
Not sure if you are aware but there is a 'follow' option - just underneath the original post, in orange, near the waste of space 'like' option. You will then get emails staight away (although it gets can get a bit annoying when there are 76 responses!); hourly or weekly.

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to Cheshire
17th Apr 2018 11:16

No I didn't, thanks :)

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By mrme89
17th Apr 2018 08:41

You will have to take your clients word for it and the accounting issues will follow.

If it becomes a regular occurrence, with dubious explanations, then it would seem extremely dodgy and I'd be disengaging and filing a SAR.

If this is a genuine one-off to help out a stranger, your client just needs to hope that the stranger is also genuine and that the counter terrorism police don't kick his front door off in the middle of the night, point a Glock at him and drag him in for questioning.

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17th Apr 2018 09:38

Being old and cynical this has 'money laundering' written all over it. Where did a 'refugee' get $1,400 in the first place? How did they make contact with your client?

If you have serious suspicions that the funds are crime related then you must file a report straight away.

It could be that the 'refugee' having found a 'sucker' will try this again with increasingly larger amounts.

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17th Apr 2018 09:52

Chances are you have unwittingly become the chief accountant for your "do gooders" Hezbollah funding ring.

My advice to you is to go home, pack up some essentials, and flee the country. Live out your life somewhere in the far east. The fact that you've posted anonymously should at least give you bit of a head start (just don't reply to the thread for goodness sake).

If you don't, MI5 will no doubt drag you out of your bed just before first light, bundle you into a van and take you to an abandoned industrial site where you will be waterboarded until you give up the other members of you cell.

Even if they do fall for your plea that you "don't know anything", you will be forced to go undercover into your client's cell to discover their murky plans. Your inquisitive nature, developed from years in the accounting profession, will garner suspicion from the group and your true motives will be discovered pretty quickly, at which time, your fate is too gruesome to type here.

Either way, your life as you know it is over.

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17th Apr 2018 09:55

It could be legit but it sounds like money laundering via your well meaning client.

As above, warn your client to be prepared for many other similar requests.

NB re refugees, some refugees have money. Quite frankly you wouldn't make it overseas unless you had some stashed away to pay all the traffickers and bribes. $1400 is maybe a couple of months average wages before the war. If you live in an unstable country and have the means to do so, you will tend to hold dollars in overseas bank accounts as a hedge against disaster, whether in your name or another family member.

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17th Apr 2018 10:08

Wonder why he chose to put it through his business rather than private bank account.

Maybe its a coded message.

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