“Terrorists take advantage of weaknesses in financial and regulatory regimes to raise funds. They circumvent formal channels to avoid detection and exploit new technologies and tools to transfer resources. They have forged destructive and very profitable links with drug and criminal syndicates – among others. And they abuse charitable causes to trick individuals to contribute. Terrorists continue to adapt their tactics and diversify their funding sources…which include raising money through the oil trade, extortion, undetected cash couriers, kidnapping for ransom, trafficking of humans and arms and racketeering” - Ban Ki-moon, 2015.
October 16, 1998. This is when things started to get interesting. There had been multiple instances recorded from government agencies around the world relating to institutions laundering money for terrorists.