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UK Regulator Lifts Wirecard Embargo: Crypto.com Benefit

Written by  Jun 29, 2020

Financial Conduct Authority in the UK have lifted restrictions on Wirecard Card Solutions (WCS) in a move to soothe the concerns of TenX and Crypto.com’s Visa crypto debit cardholders.

WCS-Issued Crypto Debit Cards Now Unblocked

The UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) announced the lifting of the Wirecard embargo in a press statement issued on Monday 29th June 29 2020. An excerpt from the press release reads:

“We have been working closely with Wirecard UK and other authorities over the last few days to ensure that the firm was able to meet certain conditions required to lift the restrictions we imposed on it. We are now in a position to allow Wirecard to resume operational activity.”

Reacting to the news, both Crypto.com and TenX issued statements informing their customers of the latest developments. Crypto.com and TenX are in partnership with as the latter is the payment processor that issues their Visa crypto debit cards.

According to Crypto.com’s statement, customers can move their refunded cryptocurrency balances back to their Europe/ UK MCO Visa cards. Tweeting earlier on Tuesday, TenX informed customers that its card services were back online.

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Crypto.com is currently celebrating its fourth anniversary with a promotion offering Bitcoin (BTC) at half market price for 25,000 new users. The platform also plans to give away $120,000 in BTC.

The FCA’s initial embargo on Wirecard came after the German company filed for bankruptcy. Earlier in June, reports emerged of the payment processor owing creditors about $4B amid allegations of questionable auditing practices.

Circumventing Censorship via Cryptocurrency Adoption

While the restrictions were in place, WCS-issued cardholders could not access their funds. Where the likes of Crypto.com and TenX immediately refunded card balances to their customer’s wallets, non-cryptocurrency services like Payoneer were left in limbo.

The WCS debacle once again highlights how customers of mainstream financial services can easily become “de-platformed” leading to loss of funds. Given the borderless nature of cryptocurrencies, such censorships are often difficult to manage.

Even for crypto services, there appear to be concerted efforts to improve the usability of decentralised marketplaces. Centralised platforms can still fall victim to government censorship as seen in times past where services were forced to geo-fence tokens in certain countries.

If you are new to the Cryptocurrency world and would like to open an account we recommend Cex.io.


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Sam Billings

Simon has worked for many years in crypto markets for the likes of BT and Cisco, developing his skills and experience along the way. He still works on projects and happily for us finds time to sharing his knowledge on Small Medium Business UK.

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