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jackfrost

Entrepreneur
Bitwala offers Crypto/Card/IBAN etc backed by the bank license of Solaris bank with deposit insurance and all the stuff.

Now since Revolut/ Transferwise etc will usually block your account if you do any transfers to/from a known crypto exchange/ emi/whatever could one simply use Bitwala as a middle men?

The Bitwala accounts are held by Solaris Bank which are behind a lot of Fintechs. As far as i could see your IBAN etc does connect your account in any way to Bitwala for the outside world to see so all Revolut/Transferwise see is that you transfer money to a Solaris Bank account in your name or get money from there via regular SEPA.

Should be fine or still risky?
 

Sols

Staff member
Mentor Group Gold
Moving money between your own personal accounts — TW/ Revolut to/from Bitwala (Solaris) — rarely raises any suspicion with compliance officers. But if they start to see a pattern, they might inquire about the source or destination of the funds and if that source or destination is against the bank's policies, they may give you problems.

Generally speaking, though, for casual usage, funneling funds through your own personal account with Bitwala to not expose crypto to your "home" bank should be fine.
 

KJK

Entrepreneur
Imho your problem in this setup may be Bitwala. They will block you and require extensive documentation above a very small amount.
So you will have to deal with providing a lot of documents not just to one party ( Transferwise) but to two parties (Transferwise AND Bitwala).

Maybe you need a second middleman between the first middleman and an EMI. It is crazy nowadays, you do something even slightly unusual and your account will be shutdown.

What you described it probably fine for smaller amounts. For larger amounts, your account will be closed sooner or later.
 

Plavivoz

New member
If you want to avoid big headaches avoid any white label solution by solarisbank.
A friend of mine got his account shut down just because he changed his phone number.
They asked him for a reason why he changed his number and for a document that shows he is the owner of the new number.
Even after providing the original PDF from the new provider they just closed the account without providing any reasons.
This is not the only event when they close accounts without any reason.
 
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Plavivoz

New member
This is one of those cases I would pay to hear the 2 sides of the story :)
It is well known that solarisbank is crap. I am just sharing a story from a friend where i can verify the whole story.
Anyway just try them out. You will end up with a smiliar experience after some time.
The only incoming transfer was from another bank account of my friend. Not even more than 10k.
Total bullshit especially when you provide the original document(PDF) and the new phone number is not even from another country. Neither is my friend from a high risk country.
 

oriaxstream

New member
Is Bitwala reporting anything to Tax authorities?
Moving money between your own personal accounts — TW/ Revolut to/from Bitwala (Solaris) — rarely raises any suspicion with compliance officers. But if they start to see a pattern, they might inquire about the source or destination of the funds and if that source or destination is against the bank's policies, they may give you problems.

Generally speaking, though, for casual usage, funneling funds through your own personal account with Bitwala to not expose crypto to your "home" bank should be fine.
 

Sailorbg

New member
II can't login in to my Bitwala Android app. I never received a mTAN code to my phone. Open a support ticket already. Several days passed NO Answer from support. What's going on with BITWALA???
 

Saho

Active Member
II can't login in to my Bitwala Android app. I never received a mTAN code to my phone. Open a support ticket already. Several days passed NO Answer from support. What's going on with BITWALA???
Just stop using them. Any provider that uses Solaris as bank totally sucks. Other than that, Bitwala has nothing good to offer. Rates of converting crypto are not extremely bad, but definitely not good. Solaris sucks and their support does too. I've had some similar experience with this bank and I'd suggest you to not use them.
 
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