Binance Froze When Bitcoin Crashed. Now Users Want Their Money Back.

- Advertisement -

Anand Singhal built up $50,000 in savings from the time he was 13 doing freelance coding from his bedroom in New Delhi. It was meant to pay for a dream—a master’s degree in computer science in the U.S. The money disappeared in seven minutes on May 19.

Binance, the world’s largest cryptocurrency exchange, froze for over an hour just as the price of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies plunged. Mr. Singhal and others, who had made leveraged bets on their rise, were locked out.

As losses steepened, the exchange seized their margin collateral and liquidated their holdings. Mr. Singhal said he lost his $50,000 plus $24,000 he had made in previous trades.

Binance traders around the world have been trying to get their money back. But unlike a more traditional investment platform, Binance is largely unregulated and has no headquarters, making it difficult, the traders say, to figure out whom to petition.

Mr. Singhal has joined a group of about 700 traders who are working with a lawyer in France to recoup their losses. In Italy, another group is petitioning Binance over the same issue. Lawyers representing the Italy group sent a letter to 11 Binance addresses they could find in Europe, and an email to the help desk.

Latest news

U.S. Stock Futures Edge Up Ahead of Jobless Figures, GDP Data

U.S. stock futures edged up ahead of data that are expected to show a decline...

Australian Olympic track team isolating after U.S. athlete tests positive for COVID-19 – National

American double world champion pole vaulter Sam Kendricks and German Chiaraviglio of Argentina have been ruled out of the Olympics after testing positive for...

Credit Suisse Report Pins Archegos Disaster on ‘Fundamental Failure of Management and Controls’

Credit Suisse Group AG said top employees failed to act on numerous warning...

Ever Given, the Ship That Blocked the Suez, Makes It to Port

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands—The Ever Given, the container ship that blocked the Suez Canal for days and...
Related news

U.S. Stock Futures Edge Up Ahead of Jobless Figures, GDP Data

U.S. stock futures edged up ahead of data that are expected to show a decline...

Australian Olympic track team isolating after U.S. athlete tests positive for COVID-19 – National

American double world champion pole vaulter Sam Kendricks and German Chiaraviglio of Argentina have been ruled out of the Olympics after testing positive for...

Credit Suisse Report Pins Archegos Disaster on ‘Fundamental Failure of Management and Controls’

Credit Suisse Group AG said top employees failed to act on numerous warning...

Ever Given, the Ship That Blocked the Suez, Makes It to Port

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands—The Ever Given, the container ship that blocked the Suez Canal for days and...

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here