Protecting you from fraud and financial crime

In today's increasingly connected world, it’s more important than ever to ensure your security – especially when it comes to banking. That’s why we’re introducing HSBC Safeguard: a series of initiatives designed to provide better protection for all of our customers from fraud and financial crime across our global processes and systems.

Information is key to protection

Our systems and processes rely on us having the most up-to-date information about all of our customers. Soon you will be asked to do one or all of the following:

  • confirm or update your existing personal or business details
  • provide some new information which may include original documents

We understand that this may cause some inconvenience, and we apologise in advance for this, but we will work with you to ensure the process is as simple and straightforward as possible.

How will this information protect you or your business?

As more and more of our customers live, travel and trade internationally, we’re always looking for better ways to help you do the things you want to do safely.

Part of this is to protect our customers around the globe. Our global systems and processes work by sharing data and customer information across borders in order to deter and detect financial crime. Even if as a customer you only bank in one country, locally, we have a duty to protect your account as financial crime is a global operation.

By confirming your details and making sure that all the information we hold about you is up-to-date, you can be certain that no one else is able to misuse your account and that in turn we only act on genuine requests from you.

What we will do with your data

The sole purpose of gathering this information is so that our systems and processes can protect both our customers and the bank against financial crime. We take our obligation to protect your data very seriously, so all the information you provide will be subject the HSBC Group's high data and security standards. The intent is only to use this information for your protection and will NOT be used by any third parties for marketing purposes.

What you need to do next

You don't need to do anything at the moment. In order to manage the process, we'll be contacting customers individually on a phased basis to let them know when they need to update their information. Soon you will receive relevant communication.

For more information, please feel free to call your Relationship Manager or visit your local branch.

Frequently Asked Questions