Engaging Title: “Unveiling the Perils of Digital Payment Tokens in Singapore’s Money Laundering Landscape”

Jun 20, 2024

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Money Laundering Using DPTs – Summary


The Money Laundering National Risk Assessment (MLNRA) report in Singapore points out the increasing use of digital payment tokens (DPTs) for money laundering. The report highlights the risks posed by DPT service providers and traders of precious metals and stones.


The recent Money Laundering National Risk Assessment (MLNRA) in Singapore reveals the growing concern over the misuse of digital payment tokens (DPTs) in money laundering activities. Regulatory agencies like the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) have contributed to this report, emphasizing the threats to the anti-money laundering (AML) system.

Main Points

Providers of DPTs are identified as a significant risk to the integrity of the AML system in Singapore, as indicated by the MLNRA report. The 126-page report highlights the dangers associated with DPT service providers and traders of precious metals and stones, categories not covered in the previous report.

Among various high-risk sectors, the banking industry, including wealth management, is deemed particularly vulnerable to money laundering due to its extensive transaction processing and servicing of high-risk clients. DPT service providers, also known as virtual asset service providers, are highlighted for their increasing involvement in money laundering activities.

Singapore’s authorities closely monitor the risks posed by DPTs, despite the country’s relatively small share in global financial operations. Payment companies facilitating international money transfers and third-party asset managers are also identified as high-risk financial services.


The collaboration of the Financial Intelligence Unit, Singaporean law enforcement agencies, regulatory bodies, and industry organizations in compiling the MLNRA report underscores Singapore’s vulnerability to money laundering due to its economic openness and stature as a global financial hub.