• Paxful to temporarily halt operations.
  • The CEO of the exchange states that they are currently unsure about resuming operations.
  • Paxful is the second P2P crypto exchange to shut down.


The CEO of Paxful, Ray Youssef, has announced on the exchange’s website that its peer-to-peer (P2P) marketplace is being suspended. Ray says that they do not know if the exchange will reopen in the future.

This news follows the closure of another P2P crypto exchange, LocalBitcoins. LocalBitcoins announced in February that it would be closing its market effective immediately after the company underwent major changes.

The closures of these two exchanges mean that investors have fewer options for buying and selling cryptocurrencies without going through a centralized exchange.

Regulatory challenges and key staff exits

The closure of Paxful is being attributed to regulatory challenges and key staff exits. Ray says that the company was unable to find a way to serve its customers in an increasingly hostile regulatory environment. They also experienced several unexpected departures from their team, which led to delays in launching new features and services. Ray states:


“We’ve experienced some major staff departures and are facing increasing regulatory challenges, particularly in the peer-to-peer market, especially in the U.S. While we work on resolving these issues, we suggest that you consider self-custody options and look at other places to trade. We can’t divulge the full story at this moment, but we understand that this news may be surprising to many.”


The CEO emphasizes that protecting customer funds is currently a top priority and encouraged customers to consider withdrawing their funds, if feasible. He also suggests moving funds to self-custody wallets such as Muun or Exodus. He also urged customers to explore other trading and investment platforms that may be more suitable for them. According to Ray, Paxful will provide a straightforward process for non-US customers to transition to other P2P alternatives. He specifically mentioned three options: Noones, Bitnob, and Yellow Card.


The CEO concludes his statement by thanking their customers for the trust and loyalty they have shown. He also assured that Paxful remains committed to ensuring customers’ funds remain secure throughout this transition period. Paxful’s sudden suspension of operations has sparked a lot of questions from investors, but Ray’s statement provides a little clarity. Despite the setback, Paxful remains dedicated to providing customers with the best possible experience and will continue to provide support during this transition period. With the ever-changing landscape of digital exchanges, investors need to stay up-to-date on changes in regulations, security policies and company operations. It is also important to ensure that customer funds remain secure. Paxful is taking the necessary steps to uphold this commitment and keep customer funds safe.


About Paxful

Paxful is a global peer-to-peer (P2P) crypto exchange platform that allows users to securely buy, sell, store and transfer cryptocurrency. The platform offers over 300 ways for buyers and sellers to transact with each other. Paxful also provides its customers with access to more than 150 payment methods including bank transfers, and credit cards. It’s expected that the suspension of services will cause some disruption in the market, but with the right measures and strategies in place, customers could continue trading securely and with peace of mind.



Paxful’s suspension of operations has been met with some confusion by the public, but safety and security should remain a priority for users. The platform has assured its customers that their funds are safe and will remain so until the issues causing the suspension have been resolved. Once Paxful resumes operations, buyers and sellers can continue trading as normal.

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