In order to prevent fraud and money laundering it is important to verify individuals carrying out financial transactions. Previously documentary evidence was relied on to verify an individual. These may not always be available and they can also be easily forged or altered therefore electronic verification provides extra security and reduces risk against money laundering and fraud. Electronic verification removes the need for the customer to be present, this saves time and helps support customer relationship building. The risk of money laundering is reduced as several data sources are called upon to verify the customer rather than just relying on documentary evidence.