Category: Localbitcoins

EU Members Adopt Tougher Crypto Rules Than AML Directive Requires

EU Members Adopt Tougher Crypto Rules Than AML Directive RequiresEurope is gradually tightening the rules for the crypto space. A wave of new regulations are introducing stricter requirements for companies operating in the industry and cryptocurrency users are going to feel the difference in the coming months. The measures stem from the obligation of member states to transpose EU’s Fifth Anti-Money Laundering Directive (AMLD5) […]

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Unbanked for Buying Bitcoin: How the Financial System Criminalizes Crypto

Unbanked for Buying Bitcoin: How the Financial System Criminalizes CryptoWhen we think of the unbanked, we envisage citizens of developing nations who lack the means and documentation to obtain access. But you don’t have to be a Mongolian goat herder to find yourself financially excluded. In the West, relatively affluent citizens are having their banking services withdrawn suddenly and without warning. Their ‘crime’? Buying […]

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How Government Agencies Make Criminals of Crypto Traders

New Jersey Man Indicted as Global Crackdown on Crypto EscalatesA New Jersey man has been indicted this week for converting over $2 million to bitcoin and operating a private exchange business not registered with the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury. According to a July 24 press release by the U.S. Attorney’s office, 46-year-old William Green could face up to five years in prison and […]

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Local BCH Venue Opens and Community Goal Nears in the Weekly Update From Bitcoin.com

A new local bitcoin cash venue opens for trading worldwide and the community is nearing a funding goal milestone for BCH developers. Watch these and other developments discussed in this week’s video update on Bitcoin.com’s Youtube channel. Also Read: Why Bitpay Is Really Charging More for BTC Transactions Local BCH Venue Opens as Localbitcoins Removes […]

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Localbitcoins Removes In-Person Cash Trades Forcing Traders to Look Elsewhere

Localbitcoins Removes In Person Cash Trades Forcing Traders to Look for AlternativesOn June 1, cryptocurrency enthusiasts were shocked to hear that the peer-to-peer exchange Localbitcoins has ceased offering in-person cash trades. According to a few users, all pending fiat trades have been canceled, leaving local traders who prefer cash high and dry and forced to seek other avenues. Also read: Bitcoin.com’s Local Bitcoin Cash Marketplace Gathers […]

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Traders Are Now Banned From Using Localbitcoins Exchange in Iran

Traders Are Now Banned From Using Localbitcoins Exchange in IranTraders from Iran have been banned from using the peer-to-peer trading platform Localbitcoins.com within the country. The Iranian section of the website displays a short message that states that the exchange is “currently not available.” The news follows significant Iranian rial trade volume on the Localbitcoins platform, which has been climbing steadily over the last […]

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Crypto Adoption Remains Strong in Venezuela Amid Political Chaos

Crypto Adoption Remains Strong in Venezuela Amid Political ChaosThe political tension in Venezuela has affected local cryptocurrency adoption. While there are roadblocks, many crypto-advocating projects continue to thrive in the country. News.Bitcoin.com takes a deep look at the current situation in Venezuela, crypto adoption efforts and how the recent political crisis affects them. Also read: Indian Supreme Court Postpones Crypto Case at Government’s […]

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Finland Begins Regulating Cryptocurrency Service Providers

Finland Begins Regulating Cryptocurrency Service ProvidersFinland’s president has approved a law to regulate cryptocurrency service providers including exchanges, custodian wallet providers, and issuers of cryptocurrencies. The law will enter into force next week. Crypto service providers will need to register with the country’s Financial Supervisory Authority and meet statutory requirements. Also read: Indian Supreme Court Postpones Crypto Case at Government’s […]

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“It’s A Lion’s Den” – P2P Traders Discuss Challenges of Operating on Localbitcoins

“It’s A Lion’s Den” - P2P Traders Discuss Challenges of Operating on LocalbitcoinsDespite many cryptocurrency users having made their first purchases using Localbitcoins, little attention is paid to the experiences of the traders who operate on the platform. News.Bitcoin.com reached out to several Localbitcoins traders to find out about the challenges facing peer-to-peer crypto brokers. Also Read: Darknet Buyers Flock to Wall Street as Dream Winds Down […]

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How a Large Cash for Bitcoin Deal Goes Down

How a Large Cash for Bitcoin Deal Goes DownAJ is a British bitcoin miner who loves privacy and hates KYC. When he needs cash to pay his bills, he meets bitcoin buyers in person. EZ is a full-time bitcoin trader who spends his days driving from city to city buying and selling BTC. This week, the two strangers met to conduct a $20K […]

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Finland’s Regulatory Watchdog Plans to Supervise Localbitcoins Operations

Finland's Regulatory Watchdog Plans to Supervise Localbitcoins OperationsOn Monday, the Helsinki-based peer-to-peer crypto exchange Localbitcoins announced it is adding several different identification processes in order to improve AML and KYC requirements. The move to bolster the new customer verification procedure follows Finland’s Financial Supervisory Authority (FSA) mandating supervision over exchange operations. Also read: Mineable Cryptocurrencies Are Far More Valuable Than Non-Mineable Coins […]

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CNY Inflows Into Crypto Markets Surge After Shanghai Composite Spike

CNY Inflows Into Crypto Markets Surge After Shanghai Composite SpikeBack in January 2017, China’s financial authorities initiated their first crackdowns against domestic bitcoin exchanges, with a ban on mainland exchanges cryptocurrencies against the yuan coming shortly thereafter. Now, close to two years and three months later, a surge of CNY has been flowing back into the digital currency economy after the Shanghai Composite posting […]

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Bitcoin Volumes in Venezuela Plummet During Nationwide Blackout

Bitcoin Volumes in Venezuela Plummet During Nationwide BlackoutVenezuelans are having a difficult time as the country’s power grid shut off on March 7, leaving the majority of Venezuelan states with no electricity for well over a week. According to reports on March 14, electricity has been restored throughout most states within the country. However, during the week-long blackout, bitcoin trades on the […]

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‘Bitcointopia’ Founder Admits Selling Government-Owned Land to Bitcoiners

‘Bitcointopia’ Founder Admits Selling Government-Owned Land to BitcoinersThe founder of a scheme called Bitcointopia to sell land in the U.S. state of Nevada to bitcoiners has admitted in a federal court that some land was not his to sell. Previously arrested for selling BTC to an undercover agent through Localbitcoins, he also pleaded guilty to running an unlicensed money transmitting business. Also […]

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P2P Markets: Russian Localbitcoins Trade Outpaces Venezuela

P2P Markets: Russian Localbitcoins Trade Outpaces VenezuelaDuring the week of March 2, roughly 14,365 BTC changed hands via peer-to-peer (P2P) exchange Localbitcoins, equating to approximately $51.51 million worth of trade. Of that, 3,593 was BTC traded via the Russian markets, 83 percent more volume than was produced by Localbitcoins’ second-largest market, Venezuela. Also Read: Turkish Real Estate Agency Sells 9 Houses […]

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P2P Markets Report: Iranian Localbitcoins Volume Gains 190% in a Week

The peer-to-peer (P2P) markets have seen a dramatic increase in Iranian and Indonesian trade activity, with both markets posting triple-digit volume gains in recent weeks. Localbitcoins volume has also surged in select Latin American markets this past week, with the Dominican Republic, Colombia, and Venezuela posting some of their strongest trade on record. Also Read: […]

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How to Use Cryptocurrency to Send Money Abroad

A Beginner's Guide To Getting Started With Sending Money Abroad Using CryptoThe global remittance industry is huge. World Bank data shows that over $148 billion was sent abroad from the U.S. alone in 2017. As people leave nations gripped by hyperinflation, or simply move to look for better opportunities abroad, sending cash back home becomes a necessity. As the people in Venezuela are discovering, this can be […]

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Localbitcoins Trade Surges in Latin America and East Asia

Localbitcoins Trade Surges in Latin America and East AsiaThe peer-to-peer (P2P) markets saw a surge in trade activity this past week, with the Localbitcoins markets of five countries posting record volume. The largest spikes were concentrated in the Latin American and Asian regions, however, the United States also posted its strongest monthly P2P volume since April 2018. Also Read: Nasdaq Stock Exchange to Start […]

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Venezuela’s BTC Trading Volumes Hit Record Highs as Crypto Regulations Commence

Venezuela’s BTC Trading Volumes Hit Record Highs as Crypto Regulations CommenceAs Venezuela begins regulating cryptocurrency, BTC trading volumes in the country hit record highs on several exchanges. Amid fast-growing crypto adoption, peer-to-peer trading platforms such as Localbitcoins and Paxful have reported significant increases in the number of BTC traded in Venezuela. Also read: Indian Supreme Court Moves Crypto Hearing, Community Calls for Positive Regulations Record BTC […]

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Localbitcoins to Introduce New User Verification Rules

Peer-to-peer crypto exchange Localbitcoins is preparing to implement updated requirements for the identity verification of its users. The company recently revealed it’s cooperating with regulatory agencies in Finland on the implementation of the latest EU anti-money laundering rules. Also read: 3 Technical Proposals for Increasing Bitcoin’s Privacy P2P Exchange Localbitcoins Advising Finnish Regulators In a […]

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The Daily: Turbo Tax Adds Crypto Section, Venezuela’s Localbitcoins Record

The Daily: Turbo Tax With Crypto Section, Venezuela With Localbitcoins RecordIn this edition of The Daily, tax filing software Turbo Tax has integrated a feature that allows crypto investors to report their capital gains online. Also, Venezuelans have set a new record in P2P trade on Localbitcoins and Brazilians can now pay for movie tickets with digital coins.   Also read: Twitter CEO Talks Bitcoin, Bitstamp […]

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European P2P Trade Posts Strongest Activity Since March 2018

In recent peer-to-peer (P2P) market action, Latin American Localbitcoins trade has continued to show strength after producing record volume last month. In other news, P2P trade between the euro (EUR) and BTC has posted its strongest volume in 10 months. Also Read: Wikipedia Now Accepts Bitcoin Cash Donations via Bitpay European and South American Localbitcoins Markets […]

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The Daily: Crypto Wallet Raises $15 Million, Localbitcoins Suffers Vulnerability

The Daily: Crypto Wallet Raises $15 Million, Localbitcoins Suffers VulnerabilityIn today’s edition of The Daily we feature another recent example of venture capital infusion into the cryptocurrency space as Japan’s SBI invests in the BRD wallet. We also cover a recent security vulnerability that was detected on the P2P exchange Localbitcoins, and a new AML/KYC compliance solution for stablecoins. Also Read: Galaxy Digital Is […]

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How to Buy Bitcoin Anonymously

How to Buy Bitcoin AnonymouslyBuying bitcoin is not a revolutionary act. Nor should it be. And yet the way statists, apparatchiks and politicians bang on, you’d think the mere act of acquiring digital currency was akin to receiving the keys to a pandora’s box in which lurks every illicit artifact known to man. One day, these dinosaurs will begrudgingly concede […]

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