Bank of England Governor Andrew Bailey has warned that crypto assets are providing another means of payment for people who want to conduct criminal activity.
The governor of the Bank of England, Andrew Bailey, said during an online question-and-answer session organized by the British central bank that the rise of cryptocurrency is helping illegal activities. He was quoted as saying:
The advent of digital means of payment, and in particular crypto assets, I’m afraid that the evidence suggests … that it is providing another means of payment for people who want to conduct criminal activity.
Governor Bailey has warned about various aspects of cryptocurrency on several occasions. He said in May: “I’m skeptical about crypto-assets, frankly, because they’re dangerous and there’s a huge enthusiasm out there.”
He also stated that cryptocurrencies “have no intrinsic value.” However, the Bank of England governor added that it does not mean people do not put value on them, noting that “they can have extrinsic value.” Nonetheless, Bailey emphasized: “I’m going to say this very bluntly again. Buy them only if you’re prepared to lose all your money.”
The Bank of England governor is not the only one worried about crypto being used in illicit activities. The president of the European Central Bank (ECB), Christine Lagarde, said in May that cryptocurrencies are prone to money laundering.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen has talked about crypto being used in illicit financing several times this year. In February, she stressed the importance of crypto regulation to ensure bitcoin and cryptocurrencies are not used in illicit transactions.
Furthermore, U.S. President Joe Biden said in October: “The United States will bring together 30 countries to accelerate our cooperation in combating cybercrime, improving law enforcement collaboration, stemming the illicit use of cryptocurrency, and engaging on these issues diplomatically.”
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