Mastercard Open to Crypto on Several Conditions

Mastercard representative stated that the company would consider facilitating the use of national digital currencies issued by central banks
19 March 2018   669

Mastercard Incorporated is an American multinational financial services corporation headquartered in New York, United States. Its principal business is to process payments between the banks of merchants and the card issuing banks or credit unions of the purchasers who use debit and credit cards to make purchases. 

Financial Times reports that Ari Saker, the senior executive at the Mastercard, stated that the company would be "happy" to consider facilitating the use of national digital currencies issued by central banks. The trick is that they are ready to do that on certain conditions: cryptocurrency should be backed by the regulator, meet all the regulatory requirements and should not be anonymous.

If governments look to create national digital currency we’d be very happy to look at those in a more favourable way [compared with existing cryptocurrencies]. So long as it’s backed by a regulator and the value . . . it is not anonymous, it is meeting all the regulatory requirements, I think that would be of greater interest for us to explore.
 

Ari Sarker

Co-president, Mastercard's Asia-Pacific business

Moreover, he added that MasterCard Labs is working on a blockchain technology that should support a wide range of use cases, like interbank payments, tracking trade finance obligations along the value chain, exchanging know your customer and anti-money laundering data between trusted parties, and more.

Previously, we have reported that both Mastercard and VISA decided to change the way cryptocurrency purchases were processed on their networks.

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   291

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.