Mexico says cryptocurrencies are not money, warns of risks

06/28/2021

Source: Reuters

MEXICO CITY, June 28 (Reuters) – Mexican financial authorities on Monday said that crypto assets are not legal tender in Mexico and are not considered currencies under current laws, warning that financial institutions that operate with them are subject to sanctions.

The joint statement by the Bank of Mexico, finance ministry and banking regulator comes after Mexican billionaire Ricardo Salinas Pliego on Sunday said his banking business, Banco Azteca(ELEKTM.UL), may begin using bitcoin, which would make it the country’s first bank to start accepting the cryptocurrency.

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