In the long-running tradition of banking institutions despising bitcoin and digital currency, German bank Sparkasse has made the decision to block all bitcoin-related transfers.
Bram Ceelen, who works with the Anycoin Direct coin exchange in the Netherlands, has commented that the company is now unable to process any incoming our outgoing bitcoin orders, and that the decision is being met with massive complaints and disappointment from users.
“We are running an honest company but the bank just blocks transactions without contacting us or the customer, very frustrating. This is exactly why we need Bitcoin! The bank abuses his power without any good reason or explanation.”
The bank has been approaching the issue in an odd fashion. Thus far, they are issuing refunds for all transfers that they think might have anything to do with cryptocurrency. While customers are claiming that they have managed to get a few transfers through by phone, this is a seemingly rare case, and for the most part, the results are failed transfers and refunds.
Anycoin Direct took to Reddit to give the following explanation regarding the bank’s behavior:
“At this moment we only experience problems with Sparkasse, other banks like Fidor cooperate in a normal way.”
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