Binance reinstates crypto buys with Visa, Mastercard payments

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Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, will once again allow its customers to purchase cryptocurrencies using Visa and Mastercard.

Binance has resumed cryptocurrency purchases via bank transfers using Visa, Mastercard, and SEPA transfers for “smooth transactions,” according to a June 6 X post.

On the Binance platform, the “buy crypto” options via Visa and Mastercard have been reenabled, with a maximum one-time purchase of up to 5,000 euro, worth approximately $5,440 for euro-based transactions, and up to $20,000 for U.S. dollar-based purchases.

Binance homepage, buy crypto via credit card. Source: Binance

Cointelegraph has approached Binance for comment.

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Were Binance’s card offerings initially shut down due to regulatory pressure?

Binance closed down Visa debit card services in the European Economic Area (EEA) on Dec. 20. The Binance Visa debit card converts crypto in users’ Binance accounts into local currencies, thus allowing them to use crypto to pay for purchases in stores and online.

The end of Binance Visa card services was announced a day after the exchange restored euro deposits and withdrawals, which had been unavailable for a month after payments processor Paysafe dropped the exchange.

Mastercard ended its partnership with Binance in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Bahrain in September.

The decision came nearly three months after the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed 13 charges against Binance in June 2023, accusing the exchange of misappropriating customer funds and conducting unregistered securities offerings.

The SEC’s move against Binance came three months after the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) also sued Binance for failing to register with it and for breaking many of its guidelines.

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Are Binance’s regulatory troubles over?

Reenabling Mastercard and Visa-based cryptocurrency purchases could be another signal of Binance’s regulatory troubles coming to an end, following its settlement in the United States.

Despite no evidence of user fund misappropriation, Binance was charged with violating Anti-Money Laundering laws and settled to pay one of the largest criminal fines in history, worth $4.3 billion.

How CZ built Binance and became the richest person in crypto | Crypto Stories Ep. 16. Source: Cointelegraph

As part of the settlement, Binance founder Changpeng Zhao stepped down from his role as the company CEO.

In an April hearing in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, Zhao, also known as “CZ,” was sentenced to four months in prison by Judge Richard Jones for charges related to money laundering at his cryptocurrency exchange. He was also ordered to pay a $50 million fine.

Zhao started serving his four-month prison sentence at a low-security federal prison in Lompoc, California, at the beginning of June. He is planning to continue his activity in the crypto space after he is released.

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