UK & International PEPs & Sanctions

Protect your organisation from associating with the wrong individuals and gain a critical understanding of who you are doing business with.

Avoid reputational damage, ensure compliance and mitigate risk by undertaking PEPs and Sanctions real-time screening and automated monitoring. Utilise our global Politically Exposed Person lists and Sanction checks to maintain AML compliance and KYC requirements during your customer onboarding process and beyond.

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Politically Exposed Persons (PEPS) are individuals who hold prominent positions in society, including politicians, senior government officials and senior law enforcement members. This also includes those that deal closely with them and may influence them. PEPs are influential figures that are viewed as high risk for being involved in corruption and financial crime, such as money laundering, tax evasion and bribery. They should be monitored under enhanced due diligence to prevent illicit activities and to safeguard your operations. Being vigilant of who you are dealing with helps your business mitigate financial risk and remain compliant. 

Sanctions are typically imposed by a government or international body in order to control the actions or behaviour of an individual, political party, or state. These measures can be serious, and should be fully complied with to avoid legal complications for your business. They can include asset freezes, travel bans, trade barriers or financial restrictions. Monitoring and updating sanctions lists regularly, particularly for high risk customers, is crucial to avoid restriction violations, reputational damage, and potential financial loss.

PEPs and Sanction Screening in a Few, Simple Clicks

Streamlining your PEPs and Sanctions screening has never been simpler. With just a few clicks you can ensure compliance and undertake effective client due diligence to improve your internal processes and increase revenue. Rapid and accurate client checks during onboarding are critical for reducing financial threats and maintain legal compliance as required within your sector.

Red Flag Alert's platform facilitates quick and precise PEP and sanctions screening, helping your business adhere to Anti-Money Laundering (AML) and Know Your Customer (KYC) regulations. With the ability to perform KYC and AML checks within seconds, and our real-time portfolio management tool updated multiple times a day, transparency and visibility are greatly increased to support your risk management activities.

In our extensive database of over 15M+ businesses, each entity comes with a comprehensive breakdown of key information, enabling real-time informed decision-making. Features like Monitoring and Digital AML provide real-time alerts on businesses, check Ultimate Beneficial Owners (UBOs), and directors for PEPs and Sanctions, ensuring across the board compliance utilising all available information.


International Checks

Red Flag Alert screens international and UK databases to identify actors on PEPs and sanctioned lists.


Incredible Depth

Our data is updated in real-time from hundreds of sources in the UK and overseas. Our data includes UK electoral roll, international sanctions, international PEPs, international passports, enhanced due diligence, biometric facial matching, international ID cards and more.


Demonstrate Compliance

Your entire workflow is stored in the cloud, so it’s easy to prove you meet regulations. A secure audit trail means you can build robust and effective AML compliance frameworks.


Real-Time Alerts

Stay on top of changes of your clients’ compliance risk. Red Flag Alert is updated every day, and monitoring alerts can be sent to your team in real-time while data can integrated with your CRM.

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Improve the Customer Experience

Our AML checks enable your sales team to verify customers in seconds, reducing friction in the onboarding process, reducing drop-off rates and giving a great first impression of your business.


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A Complete Breakdown on Businesses & Individuals

Each business in our database of over 15M+ businesses has an extensive breakdown of key information. This allows you to make informed decisions in real time. One of the most important features is monitoring along with Digital AML. The monitoring feature gives you real-time alerts on any business you choose to add to a portfolio. Digital AML provides a broader level of compliance with the ability to check UBOs and directors for PEPS and Sanctions. The benefits of the RFA platform are limitless in a sense that we are constantly striving to update and advance our technologies.


How It Works

Ideal for SMEs and enterprises alike, our solution utilises Digital AML as well as Manual AML, cross referencing the information submitted with domestic and foreign databases. You will receive an alert once the check is complete along with the results that will help you in making your final decision.

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Look deeper with Red Flag Alert Enhanced Due Diligence

Sometimes a simple AML check isn't enough and you need to dig deeper. This may be because your prospective business partner is from a high risk country or simply because you feel it is necessary.

Whatever the reason, Red Flag Alert is your perfect partner for performing fully compliant enhanced due diligence.

Our fully digital platform allows you to protect your business and remain compliant without any delay to your business process or inconvenience to your customer.

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Frequently Asked Questions about PEPs & Sanctions

What are examples of sanctions?

There are numerous sanctions that can be enforced by regulation. Here are a few examples: Embargoes on trade, Prohibitions on certain types of trade or on trade with certain business, Asset Freezes and Travel bans on individuals. These are not limited to just these sanctions as they vary per purpose and reasoning.

What are UK sanctions?

UK sanctions are regulations made under the Sanctions Act which apply in the entire United Kingdom as well as Northern Ireland. These prohibitions and requirements in the UK sanctions regulations apply to conduct by UK citizens. This also includes anyone in the UK and its territorial waters, UK nationals outside of the UK, and bodies incorporated under the law of any part of the UK.

What are the 3 types of PEPs?

The three types of PEPS include:

  • Politicians
  • Senior government officials
  • Senior law enforcement members
Why are PEPs high risk?

PEPS are a high risk to businesses as they hold positions of authority and influence. Many of these PEPS hold positions that can be abused or impacted for illegal activity such as bribery, corruption and money laundering.

What is a politically exposed person (PEP)?

Politically Exposed Persons (PEPS) are those trusted in prominent positions of authority and influence including politicians, senior government officials and senior law enforcement members. This also includes those that are closely associated with PEPS. These people may have an influence on them and the decisions they make.