Exchanging money at the currency exchange offices is too risky

29 July 2013 14:35
QHA - Currency exchange offices should be deprived of licenses. It is difficult to control their activities, therefore the cases are possible of the sale of information about participants in the currency purchase/sale agreements. This opinion was expressed by the Executive Director of the International Bleyzer Foundation Oleh Ustenko, Ukrinform reports. “It is much more difficult to control currency exchange offices and to monitor their activities. In turn, the banks are responsible to clients and have relevant guarantees. Moreover, this situation with the sale of data... There is sense to simply deprive them of a license to be engaged in the currency exchange,” the expert believes. Ustenko stressed that one thing is to allow working with passport data to the banks, and it is quite different with exchange offices, since it is difficult to control them. “There should be another control system as regards similar information. These are additional risks. If you wish to exchange the currency, you will receive a more qualitative service at the commercial bank. Moreover, the difference, margin, charged by the bank is not so large, so there is no sense to risk,” he is convinced. To remind, earlier mass media has reported that traders in the passport copies appeared in Kyiv. Those traders allegedly get the copies of documents from currency exchange offices. As reported, the NBU obliged the banks since September 2011 to carry out the currency purchase/sale only on condition of presentation of a passport.