Step-by-Step SAR Completion: Dos & Don’ts

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm PT
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm MT
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm CT
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm ET

Last year over 958,000 suspicious activity reports (SARs) were filed by financial institutions! Your institution is required by FinCEN to file SARs that are complete, thorough, and timely. But in a form with 98 fields and an open narrative, getting it right can be overwhelming. This session will review how to properly complete a SAR and make it an effective vehicle for delivering information to law enforcement. It will address how to write a quality SAR narrative and detail procedures and best practices for determining when to file, how to complete the form, and what to do after filing. Don’t miss this jam-packed session!

Continuing Education: Attendance verification for CE credits upon request


  • The escalation process expected by the examiners in identifying, investigating, and reporting suspicious activity
  • Review of the field-by-field requirements
  • Writing an effective SAR narrative
  • Proper SAR completion for hot button areas: elder abuse, cyber fraud, and human trafficking
  • Procedures for SAR filing on continuing activity
  • Best practices for board reporting

    • SAR completion procedures
    • Frequently asked questions on suspicious activity reports
    • Suspicious incident report
    • Red flags for training of your staff
    • Sample language for SAR escalation procedures
    • Employee training log
    • Quiz you can administer to measure staff learning and a separate answer key


"Creating an Effective Suspicious Activity Program:
Efficiency, Examinations & Fraud"

Wednesday, July 19, 2017


This seminar is designed for BSA officers, compliance officers, security officers, and anyone responsible for managing your BSA/AML program.

PLEASE NOTE: Program content is subject to copyright and intended for your individual financial institution’s use only.