BTC-e: 100% of users' money is currently lost

BTC-e users’ funds are currently lost, while the exchange blames a third party
31 October 2017   972

Bitcoin exchange BTC-e has gone offline due to the Alexander Vinnik case in July, 2017. At 25th of July, the FBI agents seized all the equipment from their data center. On Saturday evening, July 29th, all the coins were withdrawn by one transaction. The total withdrawn amount was 485,705.4597502 ETH, which at the current market rate is almost $95 million. A bit later, BTC-e support team reported on having access to its database and wallets. 

Since then, the exchange team has made several announcement via bitcointalk.org concerning its plans for the company’s revival. The exchange also relaunched as World Exchange Services (WEX). Thus, WEX clarified that it did receive digital assets from BTC-e, but not fiat balances or any financial obligations. 

The company has always stated that “funds will be returned to everyone.” However, now two companies tell the users that the other one has their funds.

In particular, the users claim that, earlier this month, WEX started verifying the identity of fiat currency holders to refund them while complying with AML/KYC regulations. The users got an email that told them to contact a third-party that reportedly handled their financial operations and was presumably in control of the funds: a company called Money Polo.

After contacting the company, users were told that Money Polo received their money, and credited it to BTC-e, who may now seemingly be escaping the situation, as it is now WEX, an exchange that claimed not to “buy or accept any financial obligations form ex-BTC-e.”

MoneyPolo
image: cryptocoinsnews.com

In an attempt to get either WEX or Money Polo to further clarify the situation, users have been contacting these two companies in every possible way, but so far have only gotten the same answers.

It’s selective scamming: 1) they scam some clients; 2) the clients complain for awhile; 3) most of them give up after few weeks; 4) easy profit. BTC-e always did this….but now they had the perfect situation to SCAM big money.
 

BTC-e user to cryptocoinsnews.com

The users even believe that BTC-e is selectively scamming some users, so the majority of them eventually give up on their cause after a few weeks. 

In whose hands is the users' money, remains to be seen. 

WEX to be Called for Singapore Court

Thai citizen, ex BTC-e trader Pimporn Karti, filed a claim for $2,600,000 to WEX 
12 July 2018   239

In accordance with the order issued by the High Court of Singapore with respect to World Exchange Services (WEX), the defendant is obligated to pay Pimporn Karti, a Thai citizen, $ 2,619,912.08 plus additional SGD 2,000 or appear on 12 July to protect its interests in the trial. Otherwise, the court can make a decision not in favor of the defendant without further notice, the document says. This is reported by Coin Radio.

WEX is the legal successor to the infamous BTC-e exchange - once the largest Russian crypto exchange. BTC-e ceased to exist after the arrest in July 2017 Alexander Vinnik. At the same time, the FBI arrested the exchange server in the data center in New Jersey.

According to the statement of claim, which is attached to the court summons sent to WEX, on September 19, 2017, the crypto-exchange on its official website notified that it received from the BTC-e digital user profiles in full. At the same time, access to the client's assets was lost.

The plaintiff since 2012 was the trader of the BTC-e site, where he had three accounts with four crypto-currencies: bitcoin, ether, lightcoin and Namecoin. As of July 3, 2017, one of the accounts held 10 572.36 LTC coins. The plaintiff does not remember the balances of the other two accounts, because since July 25, access to the BTC-e platform was impossible.

On September 20, WEX returned access to the system. Upon entering the account, the plaintiff discovered that the structure of the balances on his accounts changed, some funds were lost.

Then the husband of Pimporn Carti contacted the WEX support service and asked to return the balances to the previous state. He was told that all claims of customers for reimbursement are considered by a third party - the company FXOpen, which provides trading services in the forex market. On October 2, 2017, FXOpen informed the plaintiff by e-mail that it had no means of BTC-e in its system and recommended to contact the representatives of this site again.

However, the defendant did not comply with the request and did not provide a report on how the balances of the plaintiff's accounts were reduced.

At the moment, Pimporn Carti, a Thai citizen, has the following requirements for WEX:

  • return the balances according to the following structure: 139,81467001 BTC, 11,645.36 LTC, 715.21047164 Name coins, 49.61 ETH;
  • as an alternative: to pay monetary compensation in the amount of 3 512 306.53 Singapore dollars, which is equivalent to $ 2 619 912.08. The amount is calculated in accordance with the WEX crypto exchange rate as of May 25, 2018;
  • as an alternative: provide all the necessary data on the balances of all plaintiff accounts opened in BTC-e and transferred to WEX.