Another Exit Scam? Polish Crypto Exchange Bitmarket Shuts Down Without Prior Notice


The crypto space in Poland is becoming unsettling as more cryptocurrency exchanges are abruptly leaving the exchange business without officially informing their customers. 

About three months after Coinfloor reportedly ceased its operations and disappeared with customers funds, another exchange Bitmarket has announced the closure of its services citing “liquidity” problems while promising to inform users on further steps. 

Bitmarket was launched in 2014, which makes it the second oldest crypto exchanges in Poland. Although the platform only offered a limited number of crypto pairs for traders, at least, users had the opportunity to trade digital currencies. 

With what comes as a surprise, Bitmarket has shut down its website, leaving a scary message for anyone who had their funds on the platform.  

“Dear users, We regret to inform you about the loss of liquidity, since 08/07/2019, was forced to cease its operations. We will inform you about further steps,” the official Bitmarket websites and read. 

Was Bitmarket Hacked?

Aside from the short message on the websites, Bitmarket did not give further information about the cause of the “loss of liquidity,”  neither did they make any announcements on their official Twitter account.

A Redditor, however, claimed that the exchange had been giving some “red flag” behaviors over the last few weeks before the final shut down. According to the Reddit post, users were forced to change their passwords and withdrawals were suspended due to additional KYC procedures.

We are yet to know whether this is another exit scam like Coinfloor as the exchange has not replied to our email, asking about the situation on the ground and what would happen to users funds. 

In April, Crypto exchange Coinfloor, which launched its services in 2016, reportedly terminated its operations overnight without refunding all users’ funds. Coinfloor allegedly sent email to its users, giving them one day to withdraw their funds from the platform. 

Cryptocurrency Regulation in Poland

While other countries are becoming more open towards cryptocurrencies, the Polish authorities are still very skeptical about these digital assets.

In 2017, Polish regulators noted that cryptocurrencies are not a legal tender. They warned investors against throwing their funds in virtual currencies due to their volatile nature as well as the risk of fraud. However, they also clarified that buying, selling, or owning virtual currencies are not against the Polish or European law.

In January 2018, the Prime Minister noted that Poland would either place a ban on cryptocurrencies or create a regulatory framework to ensure that they don’t become pyramid schemes. 

On April 4, 2018, Poland introduced its first regulation on taxing cryptocurrency profits. According to the published rule, incomes from cryptocurrency transactions are subjected to “income tax with two brackets of 18% and 32%.” 

It was also noted that buying and selling of cryptocurrencies are considered as a transfer of property rights, hence would be subjected to a 1% tax on the value of the transfer. 

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