Mining City disables withdrawals, initiates KYC exit-scam
Mining City has disabled affiliate withdrawals.
Starting October 16th, Mining City will only allow affiliates who’ve completed KYC to withdraw.
As announced in the backoffice on or around last Friday, Mining City claims it’s implementing KYC because “regulations”.
At Mining City, we always strive to protect the best interests of the community. The reality is that sweeping changes are happening across the crypto industry, and the pressure from external regulators on crypto companies and communities is mounting.
We strive to grow on a global scale and simultaneously offer the Mining City community an increasing number of interesting opportunities, products and services.
To protect our community and the business it is built around, we need to adjust it to the requirements of regulators. As an important step forward, we’re introducing KYC requirements for all users.
Instead we have the same old tactic of using KYC to limit affiliate withdrawals.
This works because people tend to sign up for Ponzi schemes with bogus details. Account stacking is also typically rife.
To complete the KYC procedure, your basic personal data and documents will need to be provided (such as your first and last name, date of birth, e-mail address, phone number and relevant ID document confirming the above, such as e.g. an ID card, passport or driving license).
In some individual cases, you may also be asked to provide additional personal data.
Mining City claim KYC verification will be provided through Sumsub, a third-party merchant that represents it’s based out of London, UK.
Whether Sumsub knows its services are being used to provide KYC by a Ponzi scheme is unclear.
Mining City warns it might take “up to 15 business days” just to send verification emails out.
After that affiliates can look forward to processing delays of “up to 30 business days or … even longer”.
After the initial Ponzi pump, as I understand it ELCASH rewards have also tanked.
Short of launching a third shitcoin, it seems Mining City might be out of options. New investment certainly doesn’t appear to be rolling in.
How long reducing withdrawals will last till Mining City is back at square one remains to be seen.
Update 23rd October 2021 – Rather than procure KYC services directly through Sumsub, Mining City has gone through Mobilum.
KYC emails sent out to Mining City affiliates contain a link pointing to Mobilum’s website domain:
Clicking the email link reveals Mobilum are providing Mining City with KYC through Sumsub:
Mobilum is part of Mobilum Technologies.
Mobilum Technologies is a publicly traded fintech company. The company claims to be headquartered in Canada but the Canadian corporate address provided is virtual.
It appears any connection Mobilum has to Canada is superficial.
This tracks with Mobilum’s “about us” page on their website:
Mobilum is dual-headquartered in Estonia and Poland.
Why Mobilum bothers providing a virtual Canadian corporate address is unclear.
Whereas Sumsub specialize in KYC services, Mobilum is more of a crypto-friendly service provider.
Mobilum is a fintech company that builds powerful yet simple integrations for small and large businesses to accept payments and manage their cryptocurrency businesses online.
It’s the #1 Plug & Play Fiat-to-Crypto Gateway On-Ramp Solution for Exchanges, Wallets and Cryptocurrency Businesses.
Mobilum is a licensed financial institution offering Visa – Mastercard payment methods.
With respect to its KYC service, Mobilum states;
We handle all AML & KYC for our clients so you do not have to worry about money laundering with Mobilum.
Why Mining City hasn’t directly acquired KYC services through Sumsub is unclear.
It also remains unclear whether Sumsub, and now Mobilum for that matter, are aware their services are being used by a Ponzi scheme.
Update 26th December 2021 – Mining City claim 20,000 affiliates are now able to withdraw.
Further examination into the claim however suggests the numbers don’t add up.