ChatterBank0 min ago
maximum cash deposit
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Well when I worked for a major high street bank a couple of years ago, if you didn't usually pay in large sums of money we would definitely enquire where you had got the money from. We wouldn't take you to an interview room and interrogate you, just friendly chat over the counter.
In our Bank we didn't have a 'limit', it depended on who the customer was - i.e a student who never normally pays in come in with �5000 cash, he may arouse suspicion whereas a business man who regularly paid in �10K probably wouldn't.
It's all down to the Money Laundering Regulations. If a customer is found to have been laundering money through his account and the Bank staff haven't reported their suspicions, the member of staff is personally liable for prosecution.
"the member of staff is personally liable for prosecution."
If it's not typical of you to pay in �50K in cash then I can guarantee you that the bank would be asking where you got it from. Even if it's a friendly, "have you won the lotto/bingo ?" type question initially.
Even if they don't look and sound suspicious at the time, the staff member may skulk off later and fill in a money laundering report, just in case.
What's your wifie's line of thinking for saying that the bank wouldn't?
Aah, money laundering. One of the many banes of my working life! Unless it was your own bank, a bank you just walked into off the street wouldn't even accept the cash, let alone enquire about its origins, until it had carried out due diligence on you (e.g. asked for documentary evidence of your identity and residential address and possibly carry out electronic seaches on you). If you were depositing the money with your own bank and they were suspicious of the transaction (as CheekyChops said, if the transaction is inconsistent with your histiry, then it would be suspicious), they shouldn't even make you aware that they are suspicious. To do so would be committing the offence of 'tipping off', which carries a prison sentence and fine. They would purport to accept your money and then go away and file a report with the National Criminal Intelligence and wait to be notified if they can accept the money or not.
I know that there are some additional laws pertaining to money lending - I believe that you are not able to pay mor than �6,000 cash to a solicitor in the purchase of a property.
In Canada the form is called Declaration of Source of Funds & the limit is normally C$10,000. Customer's name, adresss, signature, & ID are required + a sentence in the customer's handwriting of how s/he got the money. In the 1990s to early 2000s, the form said that the bank MAY furnish the filled-out form to law enforcement if necessary.
Britain has similar rules. In all countries with such rules, the bank can/ must fill out the same form if the customer has obviously made a bunch of smaller deposits to evade the filing rules!