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South Korea Tightens Crypto Rules, Targeting Fraud, Stability

In a move to enhance investor safety and crack down on fraudulent practices, authorities are amping up pressure on local cryptocurrency exchanges.

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South Korea is taking a stricter approach to regulate the digital asset market. To enhance investor safety, authorities are intensifying their efforts to compel local cryptocurrency exchanges to eliminate fraudulent practices.

This push for tighter controls comes ahead of a new digital-asset legislation set to be implemented later this month, on July 19th. The Financial Supervisory Service (FSS) is taking a proactive stance, announcing that it will be closely monitoring atypical Bitcoin transactions to identify potential red flags.

Exchanges are being heavily urged to actively participate by feeding data and information into the system to ensure compliance with the incoming regulations. According to the FSS statement, transactions that deviate significantly from the norm - characterized by high volume, unusual price ranges, large sums involved, or suspiciously slow execution times - will be scrutinized. This intense monitoring aims to unearth accounts linked to "alleged" suspicious activities.

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However, it's important to note that participation remains concentrated within a specific demographic. Less than 10% of the population actually engages in cryptocurrency trading, and a large portion of this activity involves smaller, more volatile altcoins rather than the dominant Bitcoin.

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