Simply type a name and we check it against our consolidated PEP database. You can see the result in web-view or download a PDF report.
*Please note: the free PEP Check utilises Emerald data, which is based on a limited collection of publicly available, open source data, which has not been vetted. It will not provide the same results and quality of data as the Sapphire service, which utilises data sourced from Acuris Risk Intelligence. See our pricing.
A Politically Exposed Person (PEP), is an individual who is in a notable public position such as a President, Politician, Mayor, etc. Transactions involved with PEPs are considered as high-risk transactions, so businesses and companies need to be aware of the status of their clients to minimise this risk.
Whilst The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) does not maintain a specific PEP list, they publish multiple lists including Sanctions and Specially Designated Nationals which can be used to comply with Anti Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Financing regulations.
Simply running for office may not qualify an individual as a PEP, however, if the individual is elected to a notable position, which is considered to be politically exposed, this status will change and the individual will then be qualified as a PEP, as such it is important to monitor your existing clients so that you are aware of the potential risk they pose to your company.
The reason why it is important to identify if your client is a PEP, or not, is because transacting with a PEP can be viewed as a form of bribery & corruption, as such companies need to identify what level of risk this poses to their business and decide whether or not they wish to onboard the individual.
Additionally, AML/CTF legislation requires financial institutions, and other organisations conducting high value transactions, to report any PEPs they do business with, to the appropriate authorities, if they consider them to be high risk.
There are many online tools to screen against publicly available PEP lists. At NameScan we cover exclusive access to comprehensive PEP databases and provide tools to screen against these lists.
As long as an individual holds a notable public position, they are considered to be a PEP. However, it is important to continue monitoring your client since they have political affiliations and may be considered high risk.
PEP lists are always dynamic and are constantly being updated. Some data providers update their database daily whilst others on a weekly/monthly basis. The sooner you identify a potential PEP the sooner you can decide what to do with them, on the other hand, unless you are planning on terminating a PEP relationship, an extra day, week or month is unlikely to make a real difference to your risk in the overwhelming majority of cases.
Use NameScan's all-in-one Anti Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Financing service for your PEP and Sanction screening, to ensure AML/CTF compliance when onboarding customers.