Crypto Traders’ Accounts shuttered by Kotak Mahindra Bank

Kotak Mahindra bank has demanded all customers to stop using their accounts for any transactions involving Bitcoin or any other type of cryptocurrencies
09 June 2018   507

In its recent request, the bank issued a list of their immediate transactions to cryptocurrency exchanges. During the past few months Crypto trading in India is passing through a difficult period. This year, in April, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had published a circular asking all banks and financial institutions to stop operations with cryptocurrencies. Nevertheless, India`s Supreme Court delayed the decision on the matter until a final hearing in July 2018.

The cryptocurrency community is now concerned on 2 significant dates (July 5 and July 20) when the cryptocurrency future in India will be defined. Despite this fact,  Kotak Mahindra has gone full offensive singling out cryptocurrency traders in their bank. The bank in the circular alerts account keepers using their account for cryptocurrency trading. According to the statement, the bank will not be responsible or liable for a drop of any transactions, inconvenience, and the return of cheques or losses arising caused by the account closure.

In this regard, the bank does not encourage its customers using their accounts maintained with us for carrying out transactions involving any kind of crypto/virtual currencies and hence we request you to immediately stop transactions involving dealings in bitcoin or any kind of crypto/virtual currency from your above-mentioned account. In this case, it is observed that you have undertaken such transaction post receipt of this letter, you may treat this letter as an advance caution letter and bank will be constrained to close your account without giving any further intimation to you.
Kotak Mahindra Bank, India
Official Requirement

While it is probably that all banks may be obliged to shutter crypto accounts after Supreme Court’s verdict, Kotak Mahindra Bank is hurrying up, threatening to terminate bank accounts of crypto traders. Even although the judgment regarding crypto trading is still under consideration in the Supreme Court, the Kotak Mahindra Bank have made its own decision. 

Crypto Billionaire to Lost 5.5k BTC Due to Fraud

Thai scammers convinced 22 yo Finnish crypto billionaire to invest in their 'investment' scheme
13 August 2018   256

The 22-year-old cryptocurrency millionaire lost more than 5,500 bitcoins after taking part in the investment scheme in Thailand. The case attracted public attention because of the possible participation of a Thai actor. This is reported by Bangkok Post.

A group of scammers in June 2017 persuaded Finnish businessman Aarni Otawa Saarimaa to invest in several Thai securities, a casino in Macau and a crypto currency called Dragon Coin.

Scammers claimed that Dragon Coin could be used in Macau casinos. In addition, they brought Saarimaa to this casino to demonstrate the legitimacy of their project. Saarimaa transferred 5 564 BTC to fraudsters.

In January, without receiving any income for his investments, Saarimaa filed a complaint with the Crime Suppression Division's (CSD), along with his local business partner, who believed that this investment scheme was fraudulent.

CSD began to investigate the case and stated that the group made no investment for Saarimaa, instead transferring all the bitcoins to Thai baht and placing these funds on seven bank accounts.

Although it is not clear when exactly the scammers sold the bitcoins, CSD announced that they raised about 800 million baht or about 24 million dollars.

Then followed a months-long investigation, according to which CSD began to suspect that the Thai film actor Jiratkisit "Boom" Jaravijit also took part in the fraudulent scheme - he was arrested last Wednesday.

In addition, the CSD stated that it suspects the actor's brother, Princess Jaravijit, as the "instigator" of this entire scheme. He left Thailand, traveling to South Korea, and then to the United States. According to the Bangkok Post, CSD is currently working with the US to track him down.