Binance Finally Allows You to Buy Crypto With Debit and Credit Cards

Siamak Masnavi

On Thursday (January 31st), digital asset exchange Binance announced that it is now possible to buy cryptocurrency with a debit or credit card. 

Here is how it announced the news on Twitter:

Binance's blog post says that it was able to offer this via a new partnership with Simplex, which describes itself as "a fintech company that provides worldwide fraud-free payment processing." Simlex also helps several other crypto companies with debit/credit card processing, including BitMART Exchange, Xaro, BTCC, and Changelly.

According to Binance, this partnership brings users two benefits:

  • "Fast: Average 10-30 mins for cryptocurrency to reach your wallet"
  • "Low Fees: only 3.5% per transaction or 10 USD, whichever is higher"

Binance users from today can use Visa or MasterCard debit and credit cards to buy BTC, ETH, LTC and XRP (the base currencies Binance supports excluding the stablecoins). To do so, you need to visit: https://www.binance.com/en/creditcard

When you go there, this is the screen you will see:

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In Europe, you can choose the transaction amount to be either in USD or EUR. The "crypto amount quoted is based on the current rate and is not final," and if "the rate changes by more than +/-2.5% you will be asked to reconfirm the transaction via email from Simplex."

Changpeng “CZ” Zhao, the CEO of Binance, had this to say about the new partnership:

“We want to provide Binance traders with fast and easy access to crypto, in the most secure way possible. Partnering with Simplex allows us to instantly bridge the gap between credit card payments and crypto for traders globally. On Binance.com, you can now buy crypto with credit cards and start trading in minutes.”

And Nimrod Lehavi, Co-Founder and CEO of Simplex, stated:

“Easy and fast credit card payments, for mainstream users, is a key factor in wider adoption of crypto in general. We’re thrilled to partner up with Binance and together enable a much better, fast and easy experience."

During the past few months, Binance has launched two fiat-to-crypto exchanges (in Jersey and Uganda), and with this partnership, Binance is "further expanding to global markets."

The Binance CEO said:

“The crypto industry is still in its early stages and most of the world’s money is still in fiat. Building fiat gateways is what we need now to grow the ecosystem, increase adoption and introduce crypto to more users."

 

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FBI Arrests Russian Rapper for Crypto Laundering After Flaunting Wealth on Instagram

  • The FBI arrested Russian rapper Maxim Boyko on charges related to cryptocurrency laundering.
  • Authorities say Boyko, who has ties to now-defunct exchange BTC-e, was flaunting "substantial" sums of money on social media.

The Federal Burea of Investigation (FBI) has arrested a Russian rapper in the United States on charges of cryptocurrency laundering. 

According to a report by The Moscow Times, authorities arrested Maxim Boyko, 29, in a Miami condo on Friday. Boyko first came to the US with his wife and January and told customs agents his earnings came from bitcoin investments and rental properties in Russa. Boyko also operated several social media pages promoting himself as a rap artist under the alias Plinoffiical. 

The report claims Boyko’s Instagram page showed him flashing large sums of money, giving authorities a tip-off. 

In a request for an arrest warrant on Mar. 27, an FBI agent wrote, 

[Boyko’s] Instagram social media and Apple iCloud accounts include photographs of him with substantial sums of U.S. and foreign currencies dating back as far as 2015.

Authorities were able to trace the Russian rapper’s iCloud account to now-defunct crypto exchange BTC-e. According to the report, Boyko’s account had received almost $388,000 and withdrawn 136 bitcoin until the exchange was seized by authorities in mid-2017. 

The FBI alleges that Boyko is linked to an organized crime group by the name QQAAZZ which has facilitated the theft of “tens of millions of dollars.”

Boyko faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted. 

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