Most Crypto Traders in South Korea Remain Anonymous Despite Regulations

Most cryptocurrency investors in South Korea remain anonymous without moving their accounts to the government-mandated real-name system. So far, less than 10% of crypto traders have converted their virtual accounts into real-name ones.

8% Conversion Rate So Far

The real-name system for cryptocurrency exchange customers was introduced as part of the government’s cryptocurrency regulations and went into effect on January 30. The new system is supposed to replace the existing virtual account system which allows for the anonymous trading of cryptocurrencies. However, after one week, only 8.21% of all crypto virtual accounts in the country have been converted into real-name ones, local media report.

Six major South Korean banks have installed the real-name system. However, only three of them are offering the account conversion service to cryptocurrency exchanges: Industrial Bank of Korea (IBK), Nonghyup Bank, and Shinhan Bank.

According to the regulators, existing virtual accounts must be converted into real-name ones for traders to deposit money for crypto trading. This new system enables banks to confirm the identity of customers and fulfil their anti-money laundering (AML) obligations.

However, Yonhap reported on Tuesday that “the total number of accounts that these three banks have to convert to the real-name system is a total of 1,745,000.” After one week, “Only 143,330 of 1,745,000 accounts were converted,” which the news outlet elaborated:

Not even 10% conversion rate…1.6 million accounts have not confirmed their real names.


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