Ethereum 

Argentina Drives Global LocalBitcoins Volume to Highest Since November

Trading volume on Finnish peer-to-peer (P2P) bitcoin (BTC) exchange Localbitcoins hit a high not seen since November 2018, reveals data shown on cryptocurrency analytics website CoinDance. According to data from CoinDance, LocalBitcoins global weekly bitcoin trading volume hit $65.6 million in the week ending on Sunday, July 7. This is the highest level since November last year when the weekly trading volume of the platform hit $67.7 million in the week ending on Sunday, November 24, 2018. LocalBitcoins Global Weekly Trading Volume | Courtesy of CoinDance In some countries, last…

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Cryptocurrency 

Bitcoin DEX Bisq Sees Record Volume After Localbitcoins Bans Cash

P2P bitcoin (BTC) trading platform Bisq is seeing record trading volumes as users drop Localbitcoins, data from monitoring resource Coin Dance confirmed this week.  Bisq, the DEX formerly known as Bitsquare, is a decentralized application facilitating crypto-to-fiat trades without a formal intermediary.  For the week ending June 22, the most recent period for which data is available, the platform handled $6.1 million, its best performance on record.  Noticeable upticks came from markets as diverse and the United Kingdom and Brazil, the former seeing its second-biggest volumes.  The increased activity comes…

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Bitcoin 

LocalBitcoins Confirms Removal of Local Cash Trades

Global peer-to-peer (P2P) crypto exchange LocalBitcoins has officially confirmed the removal of trading in local fiat currencies, the firm announced in a tweet on June 4. As previously reported, the Finland-based exchange silently removed cash trading on June 1, which immediately caused some outrage in crypto community. In the official statement, LocalBitcoins noted that its liabilities are determined by the Act on Detecting and Preventing Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing, which requires the exchange to follow certain sanctions. LocalBitcoins wrote: “In order to adapt to the current regulatory environment, we…

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Bitcoin 

LocalEthereum Woos LocalBitcoins Traders After Platform Reportedly Bans Cash Trading

Finnish P2P bitcoin (BTC) trading platform LocalBitcoins has kept silent after users reported it had removed cash trading from its service on June 1. LocalBitcoins, which allows users to trade BTC for fiat currency privately, purportedly cut the option for in-person meetups to trade crypto for cash, angering social media commentators. “It’s time to no longer recommend LocalBitcoins, EVER,” the top response to the original Reddit report reads. Executives from the company have so far refrained from publicly commenting on the move, which follows a slow process of Anti-Money Laundering…

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Bitcoin 

US LocalBitcoins Trader Who Offered Fake Real Estate Gets 21-Month Jail Term

United States authorities have brought criminal charges against a LocalBitcoins trader in connection with operating an unlicensed money transmission business, a government press release confirmed on May 28. As revealed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California, Las Vegas resident Morgan Rockoons will serve 21 months in federal prison for his activities, which also included a bitcoin (BTC)-based real estate fraud scheme. According to the release, Rockoons made over a thousand trades on the P2P platform until the end of 2017. Having failed to register as…

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Bitcoin 

South Korea’s Bitcoin Trading Volumes on LocalBitcoins Reach New Record Levels

Bitcoin (BTC) trading volumes in South Korea have recently reached new levels on peer-to-peer (P2P) exchange LocalBitcoins, according to charts on BTC statistics service Coin Dance. According to the data, bitcoin weekly trading volumes have surged over the past two weeks, with the latest week recording a new high of around 219 million South-Korean won ($185,000). South Korea LocalBitcoins Weekly Trade Volumes in BTC. Source: Coin Dance Founded in Finland in 2012, LocalBitcoins offers over-the-counter trading of local currency for bitcoin and operates as a P2P trading platform. The Finnish…

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Bitcoin 

LocalBitcoins Imposes Restrictions on Iranian Accounts

Major peer-to-peer cryptocurrency exchange LocalBitcoins.com has banned users living in Iran, according to their website as of today, May 24. Screenshot of LocalBitcoin Iranian page as of press time A source had previously told Cointelegraph in an email that the impetus for restricting Iranian transactions is to comply with financial regulations in Finland, where the headquarters of LocalBitcoins.com is located. Moreover, exchanges are purportedly cutting off Iranian users due to sanctions previously imposed on other exchanges by the United States. Major crypto exchanges Coinbase and Binance do not currently support…

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Bitcoin 

LocalBitcoins Announces Supervision by Financial Supervisory Authority of Finland

International peer-to-peer (P2P) crypto exchange LocalBitcoins will soon become supervised by the Financial Supervisory Authority of Finland, as the firm announced on its blog on March 25. Helsinki-based LocalBitcoins wrote that the Finnish Parliament approved new legislation that will provide a legal status for cryptocurrency assets on March 13, 2019. The authority has passed a proposal for a new Act on Virtual Currency Service Providers that is expected to come into force in November 2019. The parliament also voted for an amendment to the Act on Detecting and Preventing Money…

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Bitcoin 

LocalBitcoins Resumes Outgoing Transactions After Warnings of Phishing Link on Forum

A link to a phishing LocalBitcoins clone website had been placed on the official LocalBitcoins forum, but the attack has since been stopped. A LocalBitcoins community manager warned of the attack on Reddit on Jan. 26. According to the post, an unidentified hacker or hacker group detected a security vulnerability in the LocalBitcoins forum and linked it to a phishing forum. Even before the official communication, a Reddit user warned in a post on the Bitcoin (BTC) subreddit: “When visiting the localbitcoins forum […] users are prompted to log into…

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