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Regulated financial institutions, including pawnbrokers, are required by federal law to regularly compare their customer names to the SDN List maintained by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the US Department of the Treasury. The list contains thousands of names and aliases of individuals that have been designated by the Treasury Department as known terrorists and / or drug traffickers. Failure to report matches to the Treasury Department can result in large fines and criminal prosecution, but consulting the SDN list can be tedious, burdensome and expensive for businesses.
As a free service to businesses reporting transactions to law enforcement agencies via LeadsOnline, customer names are automatically checked against the current SDN list. By "current," we mean the list the Treasury Department updated today. A report of any potential matches is available to the reporting business. With this information, businesses are then able to determine whether or not the customer is actually the person the Treasury Department has identified on the List.
To contact the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) with questions, or for information regarding how to handle a potential name match, please call the OFAC hotline at (800) 540-6322 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.