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Hi I will try and help.
it is difficult to say exactly what sanctions could be imposed if the seller is using proceeds of crime, however the police and CPS do have wide ranging powers to freeze money from the proceeds of crime
You don't have to be a detective yourself and investigate the legitimacy of the buyer and his money, but you do need to be cautious. Especially if he is buying a lot of large ticket items. Ultimately if you are worried I would suggest speaking to the Serious organised Crime Agency, and this will ultimately help you should there be a problem in the future, showing a willingness not to be caught up in fraudulent behaviour
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Hi. Thanks for your reply. It is a bit vague and does not really answer the question in hand although the advice is appreciated. Could you be a little more specific or is this not possible? Basically, from what you have said and reading between the lines, these payments he has made COULD in fact actually be taken from me if he is using the proceeds of crime even though I am not aware of it? As I said he may well just be a good customer but it would seem unjust that someone selling something in good faith and accepting a payment runs the chance of then having the money taken from them. For instance and just as an example, if someone went into say PC World and spent £1500 and paid cash for a computer but it was then found that the cash used was actually crime money, could PC World be made to give the money back for something they have sold in good faith and accepted money for? I am worried now :(
hi I'm sorry for the delay in replying
i suppose my previous advice was to highlight the powers of the investigating authorities, but the likely hood of a legitimate sale/purchase arrangement getting caught up in such an investigation is very small. Certainly the PC world example you have cited would not have PC world having to repay the money. if however the person, just for example, went into the store every week for a year and paid £1500 cash each time for a computer then the store may be investigated (but still not ultimately prosecuted you understand). Each business has to be aware of criminal activity and do things both appropriate tottheir circumstances and their business, but as I said the chances of being prosecuted as very small.
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