Provincial branches of China’s biggest commercial banks have begun “educating” the general public on the dangers of crypto and money-laundering – but it appears that the message that crypto and mining is “bad” isn’t getting through to some public officials.
Following the crypto crackdown on crypto transactions through banks and the mining industry this year, banks have begun displaying messages in branches and waiting rooms, warning their customers to stay away from crypto.
Per the media outlet FJSen, the Dongshan County (Fujian Province) Branch of the Postal Savings Bank of China has begun a month-long event that will see its staff go out into the county and inform community members that cryptoassets are a tool of crime, and that they could incur risk to themselves by making crypto-related investments.
The bank spoke of the need to meet its “social responsibilities,” and has named its campaign the “Prevention of Criminal Activities Using Virtual Currency for Money Laundering.”
Staff members were photographed visiting a busy market in the town of Xipu to “familiarize” market-goers and stallholders with the ills of crypto, and “not to fall for” crypto-related advertising or fall for the promises of people attempting to persuade them to make token investments.
The media outlet published a photo of a young female staff member speaking to an elderly woman in the market.
The bank, along with many other leading Chinese commercial banks, has launched similar campaigns at other branches.
Meanwhile, the state-owned Xinhua News Agency (via CnStock) reported that law enforcement authorities in the Zhejiang Province, as well as national cybercrime investigating agencies, had “randomly spot-checked” 36 IP addresses belonging to 20 state-owned entities in seven regions – unearthing a “number of violations of regulations” pertaining to crypto mining.