Detect and resolve false positives

A brief guide on how to check for false positives when performing PEPs and Sanctions screening

When using bronID to screen for PEPs, Sanctions, and Watch List, fuzzy matching is employed. Fuzzy matching is a technique that allows for partial matches when comparing segments of text. This is necessary because the individuals or organisations being screened may not perfectly match the entries on the PEPs, Sanctions, and Watch Lists. For example, "John Citizen" might be a partial match for "Jon Citizen."

Here are the most common reasons why someone would match a PEPs or Sanctions list:

  1. The individual/organisation appears on a PEPs or Sanctions List.
  2. The submitted name is an alias.
  3. The individual is a relative or associate of someone who appears on a PEPs or Sanctions List.
  4. The individual/organisation is associated with an entity that appears on a PEPs or Sanctions List.
  5. The individual/organisation has a similar name to an individual/organisation that appears on a PEPs or Sanctions List.

If bronID has flagged that an individual or organisation is on a PEPs, Sanctions, or Watch List, the first thing you must do is check for false positives. To check for false positives in bronID, follow these steps:

  1. Open the list accordion by clicking on the down arrow.
  2. Read the description that bronID returned for every list that has been matched. Here you can compare parameters other than the name, such as the date of birth, middle name, or the place of residence/incorporation, to assess if the matched individual or organisation is the same as your customer.
PEPs and Sanctions Details - KYB
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