San-Francisco-based bank Wells Fargo has announced that it will no longer allow its customers to purchase cryptocurrency using its credit cards, Fortune reported June 11.
Wells Fargo, which is the third largest bank by assets in the US, said that its customers are now prohibited from purchasing digital currency on their credit cards issued by the financial institution. A bank spokesperson said that the decision was made in order to avoid “multiple risks” associated with cryptocurrency usage:
“Customers can no longer use their Wells Fargo credit cards to purchase cryptocurrency. We’re doing this in order to be consistent across the Wells Fargo enterprise due to the multiple risks associated with this volatile investment. This decision is in line with the overall industry.”
However, the spokesperson added that the bank “will continue to evaluate the issue as the market evolves.”
With this move, Wells Fargo joins a wave of financial institutions banning the purchase of cryptocurrency with their credit cards. In February, three banking giants J.P. Morgan Chase, Bank of America, and Citigroup announced they would no longer permit credit card purchases of cryptocurrency…