UK finance regulator warns against illegal crypto ATMs

Britain’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) has warned operators of crypto ATMs in the UK to shut down their machines or face enforcement actions.

Crypto asset firms are required to be registered with the FCA and comply with the UK Money Laundering Regulations (MLRs) if they want to operate crypto ATMs in the UK.

However, according to the regulator, none of the cryptoasset firms have registered to be approved to offer crypto ATM services, and therefore are operating illegally.

“We are concerned about crypto ATM machines operating in the UK and will therefore be contacting the operators instructing that the machines be shut down or face further action,” the FCA said.

The FCA said since it published a list of unregistered crypto firms that may have been continuing to conduct business, 110 of them have stopped operating. At the time of writing, there are 244 cryptoasset firms in the UK that are listed as unregistered.

“We regularly warn consumers that cryptoassets are unregulated and high-risk which means people are very unlikely to have any protection if things go wrong, so people should be prepared to lose all their money if they choose to invest in them,” the FCA warned.

Last month, the Upper Tribunal ruled against Gidiplus, a firm offering crypto ATM services that wanted to continue trading, after it appealed the FCA’s decision to refuse its application to be registered as a cryptoasset exchange…

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