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Scanning process

The scanning process examines text for occurrences of names or other information identified in any of the industry based sanctions lists. Two issues are raised for any screening method. First, the risk of not identifying a blocked person or entity when it is present in the scanned text(false negative). Second, the cost of stopping a transaction when in fact there is not a blocked entity in the scanned text(false positive). The design of the SDN Scanner recognizes that the cost of false negative transactions is high and gives priority to eliminating such items.

Custom list

Sanctions lists include a broad set of names and terms which are in common use. The SDN Scanner supports a Custom list that allows users to improve the accuracy of the scan by qualifying specific text as pre-approved(not in need of further review). The Custom list also allows users to include text which is not specified in the primary sanctions lists. An included entry is treated like any blocked entity and creates a reportable item when matched.

List preparation

Sanctions lists selected by the user and the user's Custom list are combined into a scanning dictionary that's used to examine text.

Sanctions lists

Any combination of lists can be used. The combination can include lists that we publish and the two lists that we support but do not publish. These two lists, the Custom and FinCen lists, you must upload yourself.

Abbr Source Name As Of Date Entry
Count
AKA
Entry
Count
Published
OFCOFAC SDNMay 27, 20208,21612,969May 27, 2020
CNConsolidated ScreeningMay 27, 202011,34115,401May 27, 2020
EUEuropean UnionMay 28, 20202,1046,247May 28, 2020
HMHM Treasury Asset Freezing UnitMay 27, 20202,1203,714May 27, 2020
CSConsolidated SanctionsMar 17, 2020375914Mar 19, 2020
UCUN ConsolidatedMay 28, 20201,0153,141May 29, 2020
DPDenied Persons ListMar 20, 202045212Apr 2, 2020
FTForeign Terrorist OrganizationsJan 10, 20206955Feb 5, 2020

Differential lists

Every time a sanctions list changes it should not be necessary to scan a large database against the entire list. Instead, it is only necessary to scan the database against the additions to the list. To facilitate differential scanning we produce differential lists. Every time we publish a new sanctions list we compare it to its previous version. In most cases names have been added or dropped. When this happens we publish a differential list consisting of the names that were added and the names that were dropped. Sometimes a new edition of a sanctions list is published that only has changes to remarks and other details that we do not scan. In such cases we do not publish a differential list.

Click on a date link in the As Of Dates column to view the details of a differential list.

Abbr Source Name As Of Dates
OFOFAC SDN2019 Nov 05, Nov 07, Nov 08, Nov 18, Nov 22, Nov 26, Dec 03, Dec 05, Dec 06, Dec 09, Dec 10, Dec 11, Dec 12, Dec 13, Dec 16, Dec 18, Dec 19, Dec 20 2020 Jan 03, Jan 08, Jan 10, Jan 13, Jan 14, Jan 21, Jan 23, Jan 29, Jan 30, Jan 31, Feb 07, Feb 12, Feb 18, Feb 20, Feb 26, Mar 02, Mar 05, Mar 11, Mar 12, Mar 17, Mar 18, Mar 19, Mar 26, Apr 06, Apr 22, May 01, May 19, May 20, May 22, May 27
CNConsolidated Screening2019 Nov 05, Nov 07, Nov 08, Nov 13, Nov 18, Nov 19, Nov 21, Nov 22, Nov 26, Dec 03, Dec 04, Dec 05, Dec 06, Dec 09, Dec 10, Dec 11, Dec 12, Dec 13, Dec 16, Dec 18, Dec 19, Dec 20, Dec 31 2020 Jan 03, Jan 08, Jan 10, Jan 13, Jan 14, Jan 15, Jan 21, Jan 23, Jan 28, Jan 29, Jan 30, Jan 31, Feb 07, Feb 12, Feb 18, Feb 20, Feb 26, Mar 02, Mar 05, Mar 11, Mar 12, Mar 13, Mar 16, Mar 17, Mar 18, Mar 19, Mar 25, Mar 26, Apr 06, Apr 22, Apr 30, May 01, May 19, May 20, May 22, May 27
EUEuropean Union2019 Nov 11, Nov 26, Dec 11, Dec 20 2020 Jan 08, Jan 15, Jan 22, Jan 27, Jan 30, Feb 05, Feb 07, Feb 10, Feb 13, Feb 21, Feb 25, Feb 26, Feb 28, Mar 02, Mar 03, Mar 05, Mar 06, Mar 11, Mar 20, Mar 25, Apr 01, Apr 02, Apr 03, Apr 09, Apr 22, Apr 24, Apr 27, Apr 29, May 05, May 22, May 27
HMHM Treasury Asset Freezing Unit2019 Nov 12, Dec 05, Dec 20 2020 Jan 17, Jan 29, Feb 05, Feb 07, Feb 17, Feb 19, Feb 20, Feb 24, Feb 27, Feb 28, Mar 05, Mar 06, Mar 18, Mar 23, Apr 06, Apr 09, Apr 17, Apr 21, Apr 22, Apr 30, May 05, May 22
CSConsolidated Sanctions2020 Mar 17
UCUN Consolidated2019 Nov 05 2020 Jan 02, Feb 04, Feb 06, Feb 18, Feb 23, Feb 25, Mar 04, Mar 24, Apr 21, May 21
DPDenied Persons List2020 Jan 08, Jan 24, Mar 18, Mar 20
FTForeign Terrorist Organizations
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