Earlier today, UK regulators implemented Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1731 by amending the designation of:


DOB: 18/01/1967. POB: Welling, London, United Kingdom a.k.a: LUQMAN, Abu Nationality: British Passport Details: British Passport number 516384722, issued on 6 May 2013 by Passport Office Glasgow and expires on 6 June 2023 Address: Frankland Prison, London, United Kingdom. Other Information: UN Ref QDi.419. UN Listing (formerly temporary listing, in accordance with Policing and Crime Act 2017). Pledged allegiance to Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), listed as Al- Qaida in Iraq (QDe.115) in July 2014. Imprisoned in the United Kingdom in September 2014 with a tentative release in October 2018 and subsequently released on licence in October 2018 which expires in July 2021. Photo available for inclusion in the INTERPOL-UN Security Council Special Notice. Listed on: 16/10/2018 Last Updated: 19/10/2018 18/10/2019 Group ID: 13714.

under its ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida sanctions program.


OFSI Notice

Commission Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1731

Oh, I couldn’t resist…


Treasury Launches the Counter-Hizballah International Partnership (CHIP) to Thwart Illicit Financial Activity

Washington—This week the Treasury Department convened the first meeting of the Counter-Hizballah International Partnership (CHIP) to build multilateral cooperation for targeting Hizballah’s global financial networks. Over 30 countries representing the Middle East, the Western Hemisphere, Europe, Asia, and Africa participated in this event, which was held on the sidelines of the World Bank/International Monetary Fund Fall Meetings.

“Hizballah leverages a network of financiers and supporters around the world to fund its violent agenda.  The CHIP unites the international community in an aggressive campaign to confront Hizballah’s evolving schemes to better protect the international financial system from exploitation,” said Sigal Mandelker, Treasury Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence. “The CHIP is an important initiative to share information and build capacity among our partners to more effectively leverage all available financial tools against Hizballah.”

At the meeting, the United States condemned Hizballah’s abuse of the international financial system and identified impact-oriented steps countries should take to stem this abuse, including  information sharing information among financial intelligence units, strengthening terrorism finance risk assessments, developing targeted financial sanctions regimes, and prosecuting terrorists and their financial facilitators. Participating countries noted the importance of raising Hizballah in international fora to build momentum and ensure coordination of efforts. The next steps for meeting participants will be to send technical experts to the Law Enforcement Coordination Group (LECG), which will next convene December 17-18 in The Hague, Netherlands.


Treasury Press Release

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) circulated no less than 7 fraud-related releases. Normally, I would issue separate blog posts for each of these notices – but the volume here is so egregious, I’m just going to list them all here:

And this is probably why they felt the need to issue a “please protect your personal information” notice…

Yesterday, UK regulators implemented Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1717 by removing the following individual:


DOB: 30/01/1978. POB: Toulouse, France Nationality: French Passport Details: Passport number No 06AP104665 issued on 16.1.2006 (expired) National Identification no: 150161100206 issued on 8.1.2015 (valid until 7.1.2030) Other Information: EU listing only. Also known as Omar. Listed on: 26/02/2018 Last Updated: 26/02/2018 16/10/2019 Group ID: 13612.

from its ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida counter terrorism sanctions program.


OFSI Notice

Council Implementing Regulation (EU) 2019/1717

23 Sep 2019

HKMA reminds the public again to protect sensitive personal information

The Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) has earlier reminded the public that some companies have been promoting investment products, in the name of celebrities, through advertisements on social media and subsequently requested the members of the public to disclose their personal information (in particular their credit card information) through the internet or phone calls. Banks and credit card operators have been monitoring the situation.

According to the banks’ latest estimation, more than 2,000 customers may have browsed the advertisements and during the transactions disclosed their credit card information, even the one-time passwords. The HKMA urges the public who might have provided any sensitive personal information to suspicious third parties should immediately contact the Anti-Deception Coordination Centre of the Hong Kong Police Force (at 18222) and the card-issuing banks. The HKMA has requested the banks to provide assistance to affected customers in taking appropriate follow-up actions.

Such advertisements which deceive the public into disclosing their sensitive personal information may appear in different social media or in different forms. The HKMA reminds the public again to stay alert and carefully protect their personal information, particularly credit card information and passwords which should not be disclosed to third parties, so as to avoid falling for scams and suffering from monetary losses.


Hong Kong Monetary Authority
23 September 2019

Note: this is on the same day where HKMA issued 3 more fraud notices…


HKMA Notice