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Report violations of money laundering supervision (whistleblower system)

Money laundering means that illegally obtained assets are smuggled into the legal economy and are no longer accessible to the law enforcement authorities. If you have information about potential or actual violations of the Money Laundering Act (such as...

  • Money laundering means that illegally obtained assets are smuggled into the legal economy and are no longer accessible to the law enforcement authorities.
  • If you have information about potential or actual violations of the Money Laundering Act (such as tax evasion), you can report this to the responsible supervisory authority completely anonymously. Your report can help prevent money laundering or terrorist financing.
  • However, you must note that a report via the anonymous whistleblower system is not the same as reporting a reportable suspected case to the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) located at customs in accordance with the reporting obligation and the power to issue ordinances in the Money Laundering Act. In this case, you must report your suspected case to the FIU. When submitting reports, you are not required to provide any information about yourself. The report can also be made anonymously.

Important notes

Prerequisites

no

Documents required

no

Please note

Forms available: no
Written form required: no
Informal application possible: Yes
Personal appearance required: No

There are the following hints:
In Hamburg there are several competent authorities for money laundering supervision. The table below lists the different responsibilities for each company sector.

Financial Authority:

  • Hamburg-Nord tax office: Supervision of income tax assistance associations
Authority for Justice and Consumer Protection:
  • Hamburg Regional Court: Supervision of notaries
  • District Court: Supervision of non-chambered counsel
Department of Interior and Sport:
  • oversight gambling
Authority for Environment, Climate, Energy and Agriculture:
  • Supervision of bookmakers
Authority for Economy and Innovation:
  • Supervision of:
  • Goods traders
  • Art mediators
  • Art store keepers
  • real estate agents
  • Service providers for companies and trust assets
  • trustees
  • Insurance intermediaries
  • financial company

Deadlines

There is no deadline.

Procedure & Fees

Procedure

You can report your tip against the Money Laundering Act in writing or online and anonymously.
Written process:

  • You prepare a written report about the potential or actual violation of the Money Laundering Act. If available, attach evidence.
  • Important: You can always submit your report anonymously.
  • The next step is to find the responsible authority, for example through the service portals of the federal states. The report can be submitted by post, by e-mail (via a short-term e-mail address with immediate deletion) or via a lawyer. Upon receipt, the responsible body checks the reported information.
  • If your contact details are available and the responsible office has any questions, we can discuss your report with you.
  • In the case of anonymous transmission, further processing takes place without contact.
  • If the information points to the suspicion of a criminal offence, it will be passed on to the responsible public prosecutor's office or police and followed up there.
Online process:
  • You log in to the online service.
  • You then carry out a determination of responsibility by making an industry selection. The online service then automatically determines the competent supervisory authority.
  • In the next step, create your report anonymously or by voluntarily providing your contact details. You can use the upload function to attach evidence or evidence for your tip.
  • After sending, you will receive a reference number for your report and you can set up an anonymous mailbox to communicate securely with the authorities.
  • You will be informed about queries and the current processing status in the anonymous mailbox.

Processing time

The processing time is not relevant for the reporting person, because no results are communicated.

Fees

There are no costs.

Legal notes

Legal remedies

no

Legal basis

Section 53 (1) Money Laundering Act (GwG)


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