Since the UK began hunting money launderers, British police have managed to seize over $408 million (£294 million) worth of illegal cryptocurrencies. This shows that the general situation with money laundering using cryptocurrencies in the United Kingdom is alarming.
There has been a significant increase in the use of digital currencies ever since Covid-19 pandemic started. However, scammers have taken advantage of the pandemic to scam cryptocurrency users, investors and other innocent people. Last week alone, an investor in the UK lost more than $283,200 through a cryptocurrency scam.
The legality of cryptocurrencies varies from territory to territory. The UK especially leans towards crypto mining and trading as well as blockchain development but will get under the skin of illegal miners.
The head of the UK’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) recently made remarks saying they expect a rise in cryptocurrency sam cases in the UK. In an interview with Financial Times, Max Hill QC, a CPS director of public prosecution said the authority predicts an uptick in the number of scams.
Despite the effect of Covid-19 pandemic on innovations, London’s financial technology (Fintech) industry is gaining more traction than any other region in the European Union (EU). More than £50 billion has been invested since the start of 2019 in the UK’s fintech industry.
When Bitcoin first stepped in the United Kingdom, it was sluggishly welcomed with two hands and people. At first the citizens were reluctant about learning or using Bitcoin since it was still a new technology. But now, the trend of cryptocurrency adoption seems to be growing.
Online casinos accept a variety of payment methods, but one such method has become controversial in recent years. Credit cards have affected the gambling community so negatively that the UK resorted to banning them.