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Gediminas

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As @Gediminas says, I don't want to be wrong understood. My friend was a Russian citizen with very clean background, with Stripe approved, marketing website and all stuff ready. Maybe the only red flag for bankera was to be russian citizenship, despite he had a true working UK ltd company working.


On the other hand, for individual uses works fine

If you wish, offer your friend to email me. I will have a look at the case, maybe there was some misunderstanding throughout the onboarding stage. So if there is a chance to succeed, I will help.
 

jjrapy

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Did Bankera have a recent change in AML policies or something?
There is a bunch of angry reviews on TP:
Doesn't look like paid reviews, any first-hand experience from fellow forum members?

It will be interesting to know more about why the angry reviews.
 

IlyMily

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Did Bankera have a recent change in AML policies or something?
There is a bunch of angry reviews on TP:
Doesn't look like paid reviews, any first-hand experience from fellow forum members?
They just refused to provide my a business account after 3 months of requesting docs which i provided all of them. Completely useless. Sadly Gediminas never replied to my email after they refused opening an account, they are just looking for your opening fee.
 

4br

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They just refused to provide my a business account after 3 months of requesting docs which i provided all of them. Completely useless. Sadly Gediminas never replied to my email after they refused opening an account, they are just looking for your opening fee.

I don't think this is the case. If you wanted to make 200 EUR, I can think of better ways than spending three months requesting documents.

I don't remember there being any actual reports of anyone having an account with Bankera. Since I now have one I will provide details.

It took a very long time to open the account. Part of this was because I changed my company from being based in an very low reputation jurisdiction to a high one. They also took a long time to resume account opening over Christmas. The KYC is quite heavy, but this comes with the territory of Lithuania / The EU. It would have been better if they and other companies requested a bunch of documents at the beginning, rather than spreading it over such a long time. Their on-boarding agent was very knowledgeable.

I approached @Gediminas to help open the account. The reason being I was based in a low-trust jurisdiction and may hopes of getting an account for a piece of Caribbean paper was not high. I probably would not have approached him if I was based where I now am. Anyway, he obviously has a connection with them closer than some guy who makes in money by filling in forms. He also said he could speed the process up for extra money. I didn't deal with him much, but have no complaints and he was always very quick to respond.

On the Bankera account. It's an EMI in Euros only. They seem to be open to people from more or less any country and are crypto-friendly. Lithuania in general seems to be a major hub for crypto in Europe. They also have cards, but are only available for EEA/UK. The fees on the card are not to bad.

The web interface is simple. There is not much you can do beyond look at your transfers and make a new one. By the looks of it you have your own genuine IBAN and your name is the beneficiary name on outward wires. As I have had funds credited to somewhere that only credits when your account name matches the beneficiary name.

Money comes in and out of the account quickly.

They have a good support chat, which always seems to be instantly available.

The only issue I have is with logging in. I had my old number on the account and it sent a login OTP by SMS. No problems. But with my new number (different country) I can't receive SMS from Bankera. They do prompt for a phone call instead, which works sometimes, but you have to wait for two minutes. Waiting for my number to be changed back.

I am using the account for buying crypto for my company, rather than holding depreciating fiat. So it acts as an intermediary between my main accounts and exchanges, saving from any of them having a fit and shutting me down, causing serious headaches. The worst that can happen now is I can't by crypto from my company accounts.

Details:

Passport - near the top of The Henley Passport Index
Business - conventional, based in a trusted jurisdiction
 

Gediminas

Offshore Tax Advisory
Mentor Group Gold
Commercial Service
Business Angel
The only issue I have is with logging in. I had my old number on the account and it sent a login OTP by SMS. No problems. But with my new number (different country) I can't receive SMS from Bankera. They do prompt for a phone call instead, which works sometimes, but you have to wait for two minutes. Waiting for my number to be changed back.

Soon they are going to implement 2FA in their app, so this SMS issue will be finally resolved.
 
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