This year, South Korea has detected fraudulent cryptocurrency transactions worth USD $1 billion.

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A staggering USD 1 billion price of fraudulent crypto-related transactions has been recognized in South Korea within the first half of 2022, new knowledge exhibits.

According to Asia Kyungjae, the figures had been compiled by the Korea Customs Service and made public by the lawmaker Kang Byung-won.

The knowledge information all crypto-related transactions flagged as fraudulent by customs officers from 2017 to June 2022.

The figures present that customs officers have flagged a complete of over USD 2.8 billion crypto-linked transactions since 2017. Over USD 1 billion of this determine has been flagged within the first half of this 12 months (January to June). This dwarfs the determine for the whole thing of 2021 (USD 600 million). However, that is probably because of the truth that the customs service has stepped up its policing of the sector prior to now 12 months as half of what it has termed a “crackdown” on crypto-related fraud.

All of these transactions contain cross-border fiat financial institution or wire transfers – or cases whereby people have been caught carrying banknotes to and from abroad places.

Customs officers seem to have indicated that in lots of instances, the cash has been linked to over-the-counter crypto trades and “kimchi premium” buying and selling. The latter refers to eventualities whereby the value of bitcoin (BTC) and different tokens is increased in South Korea than elsewhere on this planet. In instances like these, some merchants have sought to purchase “cheaper” BTC overseas after which dump cash on home exchanges – for earnings of as much as 30%.

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The kimchi premium has change into a kimchi bonus: At the time of writing (UTC 9:00am), token costs are trending decrease in South Korea than elsewhere (Source: screenshot/https://cryprice.com/) 

This variety of transaction violates South Korean overseas alternate regulation – and each customs officers and prosecutors have been waging conflict on suspected perpetrators.

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USD 1bn in Fraudulent Crypto Transactions – Political Backlash Incoming?

Kang is an MP for the Democratic Party, which has a big majority within the National Assembly. He can also be a member of the Assembly’s Political Affairs Committee.

He and different lawmakers have indicated that they may push for legislative change – and Kang referred to as on regulators to reply.

Kang was quoted as stating:

“It is necessary to strengthen the crackdown on [crypto crime] by finding a way to allow the financial authorities, such as the Financial Services Commission and the Financial Supervisory Service, to work directly with investigative agencies. We also need to improve our technical capabilities [to help fight crime like this].”

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