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Report unauthorised forex trading to ED: Reserve Bank of India tells banks

On investigation, it has been observed that to facilitate unauthorised forex trading, these entities have taken recourse to engaging local agents who open accounts at different bank branches for collecting money towards the margin, investment, charges, etc, says RBI

PTI Mumbai Published 24.04.24, 07:29 PM
Reserve Bank of India.

Reserve Bank of India. File picture.

The RBI on Wednesday asked banks to exercise greater vigilance to prevent unauthorised forex transactions through banking channels and immediately report such instances to the enforcement directorate.

In a circular, the Reserve Bank said it has come across instances of unauthorised entities offering foreign exchange (forex) trading facilities to Indian residents with promises of disproportionate/exorbitant returns.

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"On investigation, it has been observed that to facilitate unauthorised forex trading, these entities have taken recourse to engaging local agents who open accounts at different bank branches for collecting money towards the margin, investment, charges, etc," the RBI said.

The apex bank further said these accounts are opened in the name of individuals, proprietary concerns, trading firms and the transactions in such accounts are not found to be commensurate with the stated purpose for opening the account in several cases.

It is also observed that these entities are providing options to residents to remit/deposit funds in the rupees for undertaking unauthorised forex transactions using domestic payment systems like online transfers, and payment gateways, the central bank said.

There is a need for greater vigilance to prevent the misuse of banking channels in facilitating unauthorised forex trading, said the circular addressed to Authorised Dealer Category – I Banks (AD Cat-I banks).

"...banks are, therefore, advised to be more vigilant and exercise greater caution in this regard. As and when AD Cat-I banks come across an account being used to facilitate unauthorised forex trading, they shall report the same to the Directorate of Enforcement, Government of India, for further action, as deemed fit," the RBI said.

It also asked AD Cat-I banks to advise their customers to deal in forex only with 'Authorised Persons' and on 'Authorised ETPs'.

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