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Third time this year: RBI again warns against bitcoins

One bitcoin is now valued at $11,875 as in the past one month, riding on a bull rally in the virtual currency

Anup Roy  |  Mumbai 

RBI again warns against virtual currencies

At a time when bitcoin is scaling new heights in valuation, the (RBI) once again warned the general public that it has not given any licence to anyone to operate such
 
This is the third such warning from the central bank since December 2013, with the last being issued on February 1. The had first cautioned that the creation, trading, or usage of “including bitcoins, as a medium for payment are not authorised by any central bank or monetary authority. No regulatory approvals, registration or authorisation is stated to have been obtained by the entities concerned for carrying on such activities.”

 
In February, it said people using would be “doing so at their own risk,” essentially saying the central bank won’t be extending any customer protection in case such currencies blow up, or get compromised.
 
The said it was repeating its earlier warning “in the wake of significant spurt in the valuation of many VCs and rapid growth in (ICOs)”.
 
One bitcoin is now valued at $11,875 as in the past one month, riding on a bull rally in the virtual currency.
 
There are other in existence too, while there are some players in India offering virtual currency wallets.

First Published: Wed, December 06 2017. 09:32 IST
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