Bitcoin Online: Lloyds bans credit card Bitcoin purchases – Lloyds Banking Group has banned customers from using credit cards to buy Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.
The move comes amid fears that investors speculating on the volatile market could face huge losses. Bitcoin surged in value during in 2017, starting the year at around $900 and topping $20,000 in December.
But it has since tumbled sharply, dipping below $8,000 on Friday on worries about a global regulatory clampdown. In the UK, Theresa May has said Britain should take a serious look at digital currencies such as Bitcoin because of the way they can be used by criminals.
Lloyds Banking Group has now taken action on fears that some credit card customers are gambling on making big profits on cryptocurrencies and overlooking the fact they will be laden with debt if the price falls, the Daily Telegraph reported.
RBS, which also includes Natwest, said it kept the situation under review all the time but it was currently allowing credit card purchases.
The move by Lloyds follows warnings by regulators and ministers in the US, South Korea, China, Russia, India, Germany and France over the market.
Meanwhile, Facebook recently banned adverts for Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies on its sites after criticism from users about scams and hoaxes being promoted in their newsfeeds.