On January 20th, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network ("FinCEN") advised U.S. financial institutions to take reasonable steps to guard against the potential flow of illicit assets that may be related to the current political and social unrest in Tunisia and abrupt changes in the government in Tunisia. FinCEN reminded U.S. financial institutions of their requirement to apply enhanced scrutiny for private banking accounts held by or on behalf of senior foreign political figures and to monitor transactions that could potentially represent misappropriated or diverted State assets, proceeds of bribery or other illegal payments, or other public corruption proceeds originating in or diverted from Tunisia. Financial institutions should be aware of the possible impact that political and social unrest in Tunisia may have on patterns of financial activity in the region when assessing risks related to particular customers and transactions. FinCEN Advisory.