Terms and conditions
Bitfada is a peer-to-peer platform service that enables its users to exchange currency to and from bitcoin. Users can use the platform to create advertisements where they offer to buy or sell bitcoin. Other users reply to these advertisements and the two users can agree to meet to trade bitcoins for cash or complete the trade online. In order for a user to sell bitcoins they ("seller") must store the bitcoins in the Bitfada web wallet belonging to their account from where the bitcoins are transferred to the user purchasing the bitcoins ("buyer") after the seller confirms the buyers payment. All trades on this site are conducted between users of the service. Bitfada may help to resolve disputes between buyers and sellers. Acting as an escrow provider, Bitfada is not itself a party of any bitcoin trade or transactions conducted by its users.
Acceptance of the Terms
Minors are not allowed to use the Services. You affirm that you are at least eighteen (18) years of age, or the age of legal majority in your jurisdiction if that is higher than eighteen (18) years of age.
You affirm that you have the right, power, capacity and authority to lawfully enter into this Agreement.
Change of Terms
We have the right, at our sole discretion, to make modifications and revisions to the terms of this Agreement to reflect changes in technology, standards, legislation, administrative or business practices, or the cost structure for providing the Services. Such modifications and revisions will be notified to you through the Service no later than thirty (30) days before they become effective.
You will be deemed to have accepted all modifications and revisions by continuing to use the Service. If you do not agree to the changes, you can terminate this Agreement at any time by concluding any outstanding trades and other obligations, withdrawing any remaining balances and closing down your account.
We also have the right, at our sole discretion, to make modifications and revisions to the Services and to the terms of this Agreement at any time which are due to security or compliance reasons, or for reasons suspected fraudulent activity. Such modifications will be published on our site and notified to you without undue delay.
Registration and User Account
To use our Services, you must first register with us by creating a user account ("user account" or "account"). An account will only be issued once you have provided all necessary information required by us for registration and the information has been examined according to the applicable legal requirements placed upon us by the authorities. This examination and requirements include, but are not limited to, anti-money laundering and counter-terrorism regulations as well as, in the case of company accounts, the examination of the details of your business, including the beneficial owners. All the information that we request you to provide in connection with the registration must be true, accurate and complete. If we believe that the information is not true, accurate or complete, we have the right to refuse your access to the site, or any of its resources, and to deny, terminate or suspend your Account.
A person may only have one account at the time (except in the case of legal entities). You may not use the Services or create an account on behalf of someone other than yourself. You are not allowed to sell, borrow, share or otherwise make available your account or any detail necessary to access your account to ANYONE other than yourself.
You are responsible for maintaining adequate security and control of your username, password, authentication code or any other code or credential that you use to access the Services.
You must not provide any misleading or fraudulent information, including, but not limited to having a non-personal phone number. Creating fake reputation information for your account, faking your country of origin or providing fraudulent identification documents is prohibited and will lead to termination or suspension of your account.
You have the right to delete your account and to terminate this Agreement at any time. You are responsible for all the obligations which have arisen up until the termination.
By registering and using the Services, you represent and warrant that you are in compliance with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations governing Money Service Businesses or Cryptoasset Businesses or Virtual Asset Service Providers or similar applicable regulation of the jurisdiction you are located in.
If you wish to use our Services as a legal entity, you are required to register an account in the name of that entity as the main account for that entity ("company account"). When creating a company account, you confirm that you are duly authorized and have the legal capacity to execute this Agreement and that this Agreement is legally binding on such entity.
After registration of the main company account, one or more other company sub-accounts may be registered for the same legal entity so that the company account and each sub-account is registered in the name of and operated by separate natural persons on behalf of the entity.
The same legal entity may place several advertisements on our platform, created by different company account holders, but such advertisements may not be fully overlapping (e.g. using the same trade limits with the same price in the same payment method category in the same country).
In order to ensure Bitfada remains a safe platform for all of our users, and for us to comply with mandatory legal obligations which we are subjected to, we may require you to verify your identity to access the Services we offer. Identity verification may be required when you create advertisements, pass certain trade volume limits, during trade disputes, fraud investigations, and to ensure account ownership. As part of our ID verification process we require you to provide us with your full name as well as documents and photographs that verify your identity (e.g. valid passport).
In certain situations (e.g. due to the regulatory or legal requirements) we may require enhanced identity verification. This may include requirements to verify details or sources of funds regarding payments you have made or received during trades on Bitfada as well as bitcoin transactions that you have sent or received from your account.
You can place one or more advertisements on our platform when you wish to offer to buy or sell bitcoins. We have the right to restrict the number of your advertisements for security reasons and reasons of suspected misconduct or fraudulent activity.
Bitcoin trades ("trade" or "contact") to either buy or sell bitcoins are initiated by responding with a trade request to advertisements created by other users. With the trade request you are making a legally binding offer and agree to be bound by the terms and conditions of the trade (such as exchange rate, bitcoin amount and terms of payment) as determined by the advertiser to whom you are sending the trade request to. When sending the trade request, you may need to select from options made available in the advertisements or accept any freeform terms and conditions set out by the advertiser in the Terms of trade field and displayed on the advertisement page. The terms and conditions of the trade must be in accordance with the terms of this Agreement. In case of discrepancy, the terms of this Agreement will have precedence.
When you are selling bitcoin it is your responsibility to check that you have received payment for the full amount, that the payment is not made by a third party to the trade without that party’s authorisation, and that it was made according to your instructions given to the buyer. After you have released a trade to the buyer it is not possible to cancel, reverse, dispute or otherwise recover or return the bitcoins to you.
Payments made by buyers must be sent by the same person or entity who is the holder of the account or the company account unless authorised in writing by the payeer. Receiving, making, providing, or attempting to receive, make or provide payments to or from third parties is forbidden and considered a violation of this Agreement unless authorised by the third party.
Communication that has not occurred on our platform or that has been hidden, encrypted or otherwise obstructed from view is not taken into consideration during dispute review and dispute resolution.
Disputing Bitcoin Trades
When a buyer and a seller are in disagreement over a trade, either party or Bitfada can start a dispute ("disputed trade” or "dispute") to initiate a mediation process on the bitcoin held in escrow. Disputed trades are reviewed and resolved by Bitfada support staff.
Disputes can only be started on trades that are open and marked as paid by the buyer but not yet released by the seller. Trades that are not marked as paid by the buyer, have been released by the seller, or already disputed and resolved are considered completed and cannot be disputed, reversed, or altered. Bitfada support has the right to re-open trades when the payment has been made but the trade has been cancelled.
Bitfada does not become a guarantor of any party’s performance of a trade. Therefore, although Bitfada helps in resolving disputes, you assume the risk that any party with whom you trade ( “counterparty”) fails to perform in accordance with your agreement with the counterparty. By using Bitfada’ Services, you release Bitfada from any liability arising out of or related to a counterparty’s failure to perform as agreed.
When you have placed advertisements which have not expired or you are involved in a bitcoin trade, it is important that you remain active and available at least until the trade is completed, canceled, or resolved. This means that you must be able to provide a response to a request by Bitfada support in a disputed trade within twenty-four (24) hours or you may be deemed as unresponsive and the dispute may be resolved against you for this reason alone.
During a dispute review Bitfada support may give you instructions that you are required to follow. The instructions given to you may require you to provide proof of payment, proof that you have or have not received payment (e.g. bank transaction history), additional ID verification, photo; audio; or video evidence, or any other documents deemed relevant by Bitfada. Failure to follow the instructions may lead to the dispute being resolved against you.
Dispute resolution criteria
A disputed trade is most commonly resolved by Bitfada support moving the escrowed bitcoin to the buyer or the seller of the disputed trade once the dispute resolution criteria are met.
In rare situations where neither party fulfills the criteria, or it is in other ways unclear or not possible to determine which party has fulfilled the dispute resolution criteria, Bitfada may decide to resolve the dispute by splitting the escrowed bitcoin between the buyer and the seller evenly or unevenly.
Dispute resolution criteria
Bitfada can resolve a disputed trade in the favor of a bitcoin buyer when one of the following criteria are met:
- The buyer has made the payment according to the instructions provided by the seller in the trade chat, advertisement terms of trade, or advertisement payment details and the buyer has provided sufficient proof that the payment was made according to these instructions.
- The seller has become unresponsive.
Bitfada can resolve a disputed trade in the favor of a bitcoin seller when one of the following criteria are met:
- The buyer has not provided payment or not provided payment in full
- The payment made by the buyer has been held/frozen/stopped by the payment provider
- The buyer has not provided the payment according to the instructions provided to them by the seller in the trade chat, advertisement terms of trade or advertisement payment details.
- The payment is made by an unauthorised third party to the trade
- The buyer is not responding.
If the buyer or the seller of a disputed trade provides fraudulent information or fraudulent documents or makes false claims or otherwise tries to force a certain outcome of a disputed trade, the dispute may be immediately resolved against the user.
Incorrect dispute resolution
If you believe Bitfada has resolved a dispute you are a party of in a way which is not in accordance with these terms, you have the right to request a review. To request a review you need to notify us and specifically request a review by contacting customer support no later than 60 days after the dispute resolution has been given.
Limitation of Liability regarding dispute resolution
You acknowledge that the dispute resolution is a service that we provide and which will be conducted in accordance with the terms of this Agreement. You agree and accept that we assume no responsibility for the outcome thereof and in any event our liability for dispute resolution is limited to the amount of the fee payable to us.
In the event of an incorrect dispute resolution which is corrected in accordance with the terms of this Agreement, we assume no liability for any damage, loss, cost or inconvenience.
You can create bitcoin trade advertisements ("advertisement" or "ad" or "ads") to advertise that you want to buy or sell bitcoins. Other users can send trade requests to you from the advertisements that you’ve created. When a trade request is sent to you a bitcoin trade is automatically started.
Advertisements for buying with or selling against cash are not allowed.
When you have advertisements enabled you are required to be active and available to reply to trades started from these advertisements. If a dispute is initiated in a trade against an advertiser who is not active and available, the advertiser may be deemed unresponsive within the meaning of this Agreement and the dispute may be resolved against them.
Information and payment details you provide in advertisements and trades must at all times be correct and up to date. Disputes may be resolved against you if you include out-of-date payment details and a buyer completes payment accordingly. Refusal to complete trades or to provide payment details for trades opened from your advertisements is considered a violation of this agreement.
The price or price equation that is defined in the advertisement details must contain any and all fees that the advertiser requires the buyer to pay. After initiation of a trade the price is locked and cannot be changed or any additional fees added without consent from both parties of the trade.
Multiple advertisements which are fully overlapping (e.g. using the same trade limits with the same price in the same payment method category in the same country) are not allowed.
Limitation, Suspension, and Termination of Your User Account
Occasionally situations arise where we may need to limit, suspend, or terminate your account. Account limitation results in a temporary or permanent loss of access to a certain specific part or parts of our Services. Account suspension results in a temporary loss of access to most parts of our Services. Account termination results in permanent loss of access to all Services.
As a result of limitation, suspension or termination your access to and the withdrawal of bitcoins that you have in your Bitfada wallet may be delayed or denied. If there are bitcoin transactions made to the wallet addresses associated with your terminated or deleted account after the termination or the deletion, Bitfada has no obligation to return the bitcoins and you agree that the bitcoins become the property of Bitfada.
We have the right to limit, suspend, or terminate your account or access to our Services if:
- we have a reason to believe that you have acted in violation of these Terms of Service or applicable laws or regulations or if we have a reason to believe that any content or material submitted or shared by you in or through the Services violates these Terms of Service or applicable laws or regulations or third party rights;
- we suspect that you use the Services to engage in, attempt to engage in, or in connection with fraudulent activity, money laundering, terrorist financing or other financial crime;
- we have not been able to verify your identity or we have reason to believe that you have supplied false, misleading or deceptive information in connection with your registration, identity verification, trades or any other use of our Services, either to us or to another user;
- we are required to do so under any applicable law, regulation or an order issued by an authority or court;
- make available content or behave in a way that libels, defames, invades privacy, stalks, is obscene, pornographic, racist, abusive, harassing, threatening or is offensive;
- if you use the Services in a manner which may cause the Services to be interrupted or damaged or such a way that the functionality of the Services is in any way impaired or attempt to bypass or break any security mechanism of the Services or if Bitfada believes in good faith that such action is reasonably necessary to protect the security of its Services or its property or brand or the security, property and rights of its users or those of third parties;
- attempt any unauthorized access to user accounts or any part or component of the Service.
We will give you a notice of any limitation, suspension, or termination of your account but we may, if it is reasonable to do so (for example we consider it advisable for security reasons), limit, suspend or terminate your account without prior notice to you.
In the event that we limit, suspend or terminate your account we will lift the suspension as soon as possible once the reasons for the suspension or termination no longer exist.
Limiting Access to Your Bitfada Wallet
In certain situations your ability to access, conduct bitcoin transactions, or start trades using bitcoin held in your Bitfada wallet may be limited.
This limitation may be applied specifically to your account in order to safeguard bitcoin stored in your wallet when we e.g. suspect a third party has gained unauthorized access to your account; if we suspect you of engaging in or being involved in fraudulent or illegal activity; if we are provided with valid legal request from an authority.
This limitation may be applied generally to all users or a subset of our users during service outages or maintenance outages of the website; during bitcoin hardforks or other situations where we believe there is a high risk to your bitcoin balance.
In the event that we limit access to your wallet we aim to remove the limitation as soon as possible once the reasons for the suspension or termination no longer exist.
We will give you a notice of any limitation of access to your wallet but we may, if it is reasonable to do so (for example we consider it advisable for security reasons), limit access to your wallet without prior notice.
Fees and Pricing
You agree to pay the fees and charges for the use of the Services according to the price list which is available on our site. Such fees may include fees for incoming and outgoing transactions and percentage based fees for trades completed.
Unless otherwise specified, you accept that fees are automatically deducted from your Bitfada wallet balance or deposit at the time when the service is rendered or completed.
We reserve the right to change the fees or the principles of pricing from time to time in accordance with the terms of this Agreement.
If an account has been deleted or terminated for over one (1) year and there is balance on the account, an administration fee will be charged. The fee will be decided as a yearly percentage from the total value of the funds and it is counted as well as charged each month on the last day of the month. The fee’s yearly percentage is ten (10) percent OR minimum ten (10) euros per month counted based on the actual administered months after the account has been deleted or terminated for one (1) year. The fees are paid in Bitcoin at the current market rate.
Supporting Blockchain Forks and Other Cryptocurrencies
From time to time, new and alternative cryptocurrencies and/or forks of the bitcoin blockchain may be created. This may result in holders of private keys containing a bitcoin balance receiving a corresponding amount of the new cryptocurrency on the newly created blockchain (“air-drop”). We reserve the right at our sole discretion to decide if and how we support any new cryptocurrencies and/or blockchain forks in our Services including defining which blockchain shall be deemed as bitcoin within the meaning of this Agreement. We strive to communicate our decisions concerning any significant new forks or cryptocurrencies on our website in a timely manner. If we decide to not support a new cryptocurrency we may, but are not obligated to, compensate users who held bitcoin in their Bitfada account at the time of the air-drop in a manner deemed appropriate by us. We reserve the right to provide compensation by converting all of the available new cryptocurrency to bitcoin and sharing all of the converted bitcoin between users who held a bitcoin balance on their account at the time of the creation of the new cryptocurrency. In case such a conversion takes place we may charge you a reasonable processing fee (which shall not exceed the amount of compensation payable to you).
If we decide to support a new cryptocurrency, unless otherwise communicated by us, this Agreement, including any reference to bitcoin, shall be equally applied to the new cryptocurrency.
Bitfada does not offer the use of its Services in every state of the United States of America, but only to those States specified at the time on the Bitfada website. By using our Services you confirm that you are not a resident or governed by the laws and regulations of the jurisdictions of the United States of America not specified on the Bitfada website.
Termination of Business
Although we are not contemplating doing it, we have the right to cease the Services altogether and terminate this Agreement in case our business is terminated for whatever reason or if the business is transferred, sold to or merged with a third party. Before the cessation of Services we will give a notice to our users and inform them of the procedure to complete outstanding trades and unresolved disputes as well as to withdraw any bitcoins users may have in their Bitfada wallet. The users are guaranteed at least one (1) year's time to withdraw their bitcoins, after which additional steps are taken to ensure lawful closure of the business, as agreed from time to time with the supervising authority.
Intellectual Property Rights
You acknowledge and agree that all copyrights, trademarks and all other intellectual property rights in and related to this site and our Services are exclusively the property of Bitfada and our licensors. We grant you a revocable, non-exclusive, non-sublicensable, non-transferable and limited license, subject to the terms of this Agreement, to access and use our site and Service, as well as related content, materials and information (collectively as "Content") solely for approved purposes as permitted by us from time to time. Any other use of the Content is expressly prohibited and you agree not to copy, transmit, distribute, sell, license, reverse engineer, modify, publish, or participate in the transfer or sale of, create derivative works from, or in any other way exploit any of the Content, in whole or in part.
Disclaimer of Warranties and Limitation of Liability
This site and the Services are provided on an “as-is” and “as-available” basis without any representation or endorsement. To the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, we make no warranties of any kind, whether express or implied, in relation to the site or the Services, including but not limited to, implied warranties of fitness for a particular purpose or non-infringement, or any implied warranty arising from course of dealing or usage.
Bitfada is not associated with or does not itself support or claim to be in partnership with any of the payment methods, services or companies which may appear visible in the Online Payment method lists or advertisement details. Also, the Services provided by Bitfada are not authorized, approved, endorsed or sponsored by any of the payment methods listed on the website or their respective trademark owners.
Bitfada is not responsible for any user-generated content on its site including but not limited to messages, feedbacks or advertisements and may remove said content without notice (unless such notice is required by applicable law) or liability at any time in its sole discretion.
Bitfada reserves the right to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, all or any part of this site and/or any services on this site, with or without notice, and/or to establish general guidelines and limitations on their use.
Our liability, and the liability of our affiliates, directors and employees, is limited to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law. In particular, we will not be liable for indirect damage.
Nothing in this Agreement shall exclude or limit our liability based on willful misconduct or gross negligence.
Notwithstanding any other provision in this Agreement, nothing shall limit your rights as a consumer under mandatory provisions of applicable consumer protection legislation which are relevant for our Services.
We may transfer or assign any of our rights and obligations arising under this Agreement to any party at any time, but this will not affect your rights or our obligations under this Agreement. You may not, however, transfer or assign any of your rights or obligations under this Agreement to any other party.
This Agreement (as amended from time to time) and any document expressly referred to in them contains the entire agreement and understanding between you and us in respect of all matters which are referred to herein and supersedes any prior written or oral agreement relating to such matters. No oral explanation or oral information given by either of us shall alter the interpretation of this Agreement. You confirm that, in agreeing to accept this Agreement, you have not relied on any representation that is not expressly included herein. However, nothing in this Agreement purports to exclude liability for any fraudulent statement or act.
If any part of provision this Agreement is deemed unlawful, void or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed to be severable from this Agreement and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any of the remaining provisions of the Agreement.
Our failure to enforce any right or provision in this Agreement will not constitute a waiver of such right or provision unless acknowledged and agreed to by us in writing. Except as expressly set forth in this Agreement, the exercise by either party of any of its remedies under this Agreement will be without prejudice to its other remedies under this Agreement or otherwise permitted under law.