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 The combination can include lists that we publish and the two lists that we support but do not publish.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
Published List Changes by Date
OFCOFAC SDNAug 25, 20208,29213,132Aug 25, 202025 between Nov 4, 2019 and Aug 25, 2020
CNConsolidated ScreeningSep 24, 202011,67815,877Sep 24, 202035 between Nov 4, 2019 and Sep 24, 2020
EUEuropean UnionNov 23, 20202,2087,001Nov 24, 202051 between Nov 6, 2019 and Nov 23, 2020
HMHM Treasury Asset Freezing UnitDec 1, 20202,2723,887Dec 1, 202029 between Nov 7, 2019 and Dec 1, 2020
CSConsolidated SanctionsMar 17, 2020375914Mar 19, 20201 on Feb 18, 2020
UCUN ConsolidatedDec 1, 20201,0063,149Dec 2, 20206 between Nov 1, 2019 and Dec 1, 2020
DPDenied Persons ListNov 5, 202045112Nov 19, 20209 between Oct 30, 2019 and Nov 5, 2020
FTForeign Terrorist OrganizationsJan 10, 20206955Feb 5, 2020
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