KYC Requirements Take Out Another Crypto Firm

The Fall Of Bitrefill? KYC Requirements Take Out Another Crypto Firm

KYC requirements are probably among the harshest nightmares of crypto enthusiasts. More platforms are starting to use these regulations, disappointing clients and potential future customers.

Regulators say that  KYC (Know Your Customer) is today a significant element in the fight against financial crime and money laundering, and customer identification is the most critical aspect as it is the first step to better perform in the other stages of the process.

The global anti-money laundering (AML) and countering the financing of terrorism (CFT) landscape raise tremendous stakes for financial institutions.

According to the official data, the international regulations influenced by standards like The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) are now implemented in national laws encompassing strong directives like AML 4 and 5 and preventive measures like “KYC” for client identification.

On the other hand, KYC requirements stand against some of the most important features of crypto – the right to anonymity and privacy.

KYC takes down another company

It seems that the KYC enemy is lurking in the shadows and taking down another important crypto platform.

A crypto enthusiast interested in Bitrefill reported that KYC plagues this platform as well.

Just in case you don’t know, Bitrefill provides products and services that allow anyone to live on cryptocurrency more easily. provides a catalog of gift cards, prepaid mobile refills, and Lightning networking services that can be purchased using Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies worldwide.

By implementing the KYC regulations, the platform is risking its users’ privacy and security. Users have to reveal their identity, and this triggers massive risks.

Check out the new requirements revealed by the platform:

Just take the recent Ledger leak as an example.

You may recall that the Ledger hack dating back to 2020 involved the leak of the customer database.

Just to refresh your memory, at the end of 2020, it has been revealed that Ledger has been made aware of a data breach on its website.

The initial statement said:

“consisting mostly of email addresses, but with a subset including also contact and order details such as first and last name, postal address, email address and phone number.”

The customers have been attacked via email by all kinds of phishing attempts, with scammers sending fraudulent emails claiming that their “crypto-assets are at risk.”

Such moves that require implementing KYC regulations kill every crypto enthusiast’s dreams and compliance officers seem set to ruin more and more crypto companies these days.

Europe’s harsh crypto measures

Not too long ago, we revealed that the members of the European Parliament urged banking authorities to keep track of crypto services that could be used to conduct crimes.

According to a press release, MEPs have adopted new rules mandating the European Banking Authority (EBA) to create a registry of crypto businesses that are at risk of money laundering, terrorism finance, and other criminal activity.

As the online publication the Daily Hodl notes, the rules are part of the EU’s latest vote to clamp down on unhosted cryptocurrency wallets, which requires that crypto exchanges perform know-your-customer (KYC) routines on wallets sending and receiving funds from their platforms.


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