Consumer-focused UK bank NatWest is putting a limit on the amount of money customers can transfer to cryptocurrency exchanges in a move that shows deteriorating relationships between digital asset firms and financial institutions.
Users of the bank will be limited to payments of 1,000 British pounds ($1,218) per day and 5,000 British pounds ($6,090) over a 30-day period to cryptocurrency exchanges, NatWest said in a recent blog post.The bank cited fraud and scam risks as being the reason behind the decision. "NatWest is increasing customer protection against crypto-criminals after £329m was lost by consumers last year," the bank said.Specifically, NatWest claimed men over 35 are most at risk as they are willing to take on risky investments.
The bank said promises of high returns also entice users to invest in crypto Ponzi schemes. "We have seen an increase in the number of scams using cryptocurrency exchanges and we are acting to protect our customers," Stuart Skinner, Head of Fraud Protection NatWest, said in a comment.
In fact, the crypto industry lost approximately $4 billion worth of digital assets to hacks, fraud, scams, and rug pulls last year, according to a report by Web3 bug bounty platform Immunefi.Read more on cryptonews.com