Criticisms are being leveled at U.S. crypto exchange Coinbase for allegedly being underprepared and overwhelmed by the pace of its growth, Business Insider reports today, June 22.
Business Insider cites documents obtained by Mashable through a five-month Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) process, which comprise 134 pages of complaints filed by Coinbase users with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and the California Department of Business Oversight.
Recurrent among the complaints are users’ reported difficulties in accessing funds, with Mashable providing evidence of widespread frustration at either being locked out of access, seemingly not receiving due funds, or facing difficulties transferring funds between accounts.
One user cited by Mashable went so far as to accuse Coinbase of acting “criminally,” while another alleged that they “believe the company is holding my funds to make money on top of my investment.”
Mashable writes that reviewing customers’ filings revealed a “troubling pattern” that indicated that many users were attributing their losses to the exchange’s alleged mismanagement.
At the very least, the documents suggest a failure to keep up with customer queries, which, as Business Insider notes, could be attributed to the company’s sky-rocketing growth: in October 2017, Coinbase reported 11.7 million users, up 148 percent from 4.7 million users the preceding year.
A Coinbase spokesperson responded to Mashable, explaining that:
“…consumer demand for our services increased by 40x [in 2017] and we experienced transaction volumes in November and December of that year that grew by 295 percent.”