Archive | money laundering

Europol Estimates Cryptocurrencies Account for 4% of Illicitly Trafficked Cash in Europe

Criminals in Europe are using cryptocurrencies to launder as much as $5.5 billion (£4 billion) in illegal money according to the head of Europol, the EU’s policing agency. Director of Europol, Rob Wainwright, estimates that around 4% of all criminal proceeds in Europe are being funneled through cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin — and he expects this […]

Phony PBOC Email Sent to U.S. Media Aimed to Manipulate BTC Price

According to reports on Tuesday, a large quantity of U.S. media outlets were sent an email from an individual claiming to be a representative of the People’s Bank of China (PBOC). The message contained a phony invitation to a press conference between the media, the PBOC, and the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) and said […]

Bank of England Governor Carney Calls for Transparency in Crypto Trading

Bank of England Governor Mark Carney said cryptocurrency is often used for money laundering and other illegal activities. The statement was made when he spoke about the need to inject more transparency into the trading process. No Anonymity for Cryptocurrency users According to Bloomberg he told a committee of lawmakers when speaking to the UK Parliament […]

Bitstamp Is Asking Users Who Want to Withdraw a Lot of Questions

Customers of Slovenia’s Bitstamp exchange are being forced to jump through hoops to meet an unprecedented level of compliance. A widely circulated image, purporting to reveal Bitstamp’s enhanced KYC procedure, has been attracting a lot of attention. The document requests screenshots of other cryptocurrency exchange profiles, bank account statements showing fiat deposits to third party […]

New York Credit Card Scammer Allegedly Sent Bitcoin to ISIS

A Long Island woman has been charged with sending tens of thousands of dollars to ISIS fighters in Syria. As has been widely reported, the woman allegedly used bitcoin to transfer the funds overseas. Headlines have glossed over the way the money was obtained in the first place though: by good old-fashioned credit card fraud. […]