After VISA and Kotak, Citibank Also Warns Customers Against Any Circulation Of Cryptocurrency!


Recently, Visa pulled its European support for crypto, and Mastercard has elected to treat crypto purchases as cash advances. And now, Citibank has also checked zero on its stand on cryptocurrencies.

India announced to its customers in an email Tuesday, that:

Both globally and locally including from the Reserve Bank of India, cautioning members of the public regarding the potential economic, financial, operational, legal, customer protection and security related risks associated in dealing with bitcoins, cryptocurrencies and virtual currencies, Citi India has decided to not permit usage of its credit and debit cards towards purchase or trading of such bitcoins, cryptocurrencies and virtual currencies.

Bank of America, Lloyds Banking Group, JP Morgan Chase have also boycott the cryptocurrency purchase for their customers, though they haven’t a retail presence in India.

Citibank India has been an esteemed banking firm since 1902, and has ranked among the largest foreign investors while operating over thirty brick and mortar outlets and over 500 automatic teller machines in the region. More so, among the top five cards, it is the only multinational bank.

Last month, banks in India such as HDFC, Axis, Yes Bank, SBI, and ICICI Bank pulled their support of bitcoin and crypto exchanges for customers.

Combined with Arun Jaitley, Indian Finance Minister, delivering a budget speech where it was reiterated cryptocurrencies will not be recognized as legal tender, and it’s easy to see why Citibank India might’ve been spooked.

Mr. Jaitley clearly mentioned:

The Government does not consider cryptocurrencies legal tender or coin and will take all measures to eliminate use of these crypto-assets in financing illegitimate activities or as part of the payment system.

Kotak Mahindra Bank has also raised it vote in favor of the going scenario that it will not allow its customers to dabble in crypto.

As a matter if fact, KMB has over a thousand branches in India, with over two thousand ATMs, making it the fourth largest bank in the country.

The bank has also warned any type of crypto activity noticed on accounts would be immediately subjected to the grounds for closure and further legal proceedings.