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Coinbase Founder Slams Chase Bank Following Crypto Ban

Chase Bank's retail arm, Chase, recently announced a ban on crypto transactions for British customers, effective from October 16.

Chase Bank Faces Backlash

Coinbase CEO, Brian Armstrong, has voiced strong criticism against Chase Bank following its decision to ban crypto transactions for its British customers. Armstrong considers this ban "totally inappropriate" and suggests that UK crypto holders should consider closing their Chase accounts if subjected to such treatment.

Worth noting, the recent announcement by Chase Bank's retail arm, Chase, to prohibit crypto transactions amid the rise of scams has sent ripples through the UK crypto community. Starting October 16, British customers will no longer be able to purchase digital assets using their Chase debit cards or transfer funds from their Chase accounts to crypto exchanges.

Additionally, this decision by Chase Bank highlights the ongoing challenges traditional financial institutions face in adapting to the rise of cryptocurrencies. In 2018, Chase Bank in the United States faced a lawsuit alleging that it had overcharged customers who used Chase credit cards for crypto purchases. The lawsuit was eventually settled out of court, with Chase paying $2.5 million to resolve the issue.

Despite these challenges, Chase Bank's parent company, JPMorgan, have not entirely ruled out the possibility of entering the cryptocurrency market as a line of business. Last October, JPMorgan made significant moves in this direction by hiring a new head of crypto policy and filing for a trademark related to a cryptocurrency wallet.

The cryptocurrency community has reacted to Brian Armstrong's criticism of Chase Bank by emphasizing that such actions by traditional banks are not entirely new. Chase Bank is not alone in its cautious approach to cryptocurrencies in the UK. Other major banks like Nationwide, NatWest, and HSBC have also imposed daily limits on crypto purchases and restricted the use of credit cards for buying cryptocurrencies.

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