OFAC Attorney: To effectively screen hits for true matches against the SDN list, one must ascertain whether the hit on the list accurately corresponds with the other information available about the targeted person or targeted country. For example, many people have similar names to the persons appearing on the SDN list. To determine whether a hit is a true match, one should compare addresses, countries of residence, and other identifying information available on the SDN list with the information provided by the particular person seeking to engage in a transaction. The more categories that match, the more likely it is that the person is the intended target of the sanctions program.
[Return to FAQs]