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JPEX hikes withdrawal fee to almost $1k after Hong Kong watchdog warning

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Community members shared reports that the crypto exchange’s staff abandoned their booth at Token 2049 in Singapore after the warning.

Crypto exchange JPEX has reportedly increased its withdrawal fee to up to 999 USDT (USDT) after receiving a warning from Hong Kong’s Securities and Futures Commission (SFC), with its staff also reportedly going missing from its Token 2049 booth in Singapore. 

On Sept. 13, the SFC, Hong Kong’s crypto watchdog, issued a warning against JPEX for allegedly promoting its services to the Hong Kong public despite not being licensed or applying for a license to operate in the jurisdiction. According to the SFC, JPEX has marketed itself on its website as a licensed and recognized platform despite being unregulated.

The SFC said it had already notified the relevant opinion leaders and over-the-counter stores of its suspicions about the exchange and asked them to cease promoting the exchange’s services. 

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Following the SFC’s warnings, reports of JPEX increasing its withdrawal fees to up to 999 USDT began circulating online. The move is seemingly to discourage users from withdrawing their funds from the exchange.

Apart from this, community members who attended the Token 2049 event held in Singapore reported that JPEX’s booth had been abandoned after the warning from the Hong Kong regulator. 

Some members of the community criticized the event for allowing the exchange to market itself as a sponsor of Token 2049, which is one of the biggest crypto events in the country. 

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