RBI has taken a strick stance against the Illegal Forex Trading through Internet /electronic trading portal by Indian resident and directed the banks to close/report the accounts of such person to RBI who have transfer funds to such forex trading online portals through bank accounts or cerdit/debit cards.Earlier RBI has released Press release for awareness of Indian Resident has caution them not to induldge in such trading as it is illegal to transfer mony to such portals.
2. However, it has been observed that some banking customers continue to undertake online trading in foreign exchange on portals / websites offering such schemes wherein they initially remit funds from Indian bank accounts using credit cards or other electronic channels to overseas websites / entities and subsequently receive cash refunds from the same overseas entities into their credit card or bank accounts.
3. With a view to further strengthening the restrictions on such online activities which are in violation of FEMA, 1999, AD Category I banks are hereby directed as follows:
(i) All AD Category I banks who offer credit cards or online banking facilities to their customers should advise their customers that any person resident in India collecting and effecting / remitting payments directly /indirectly outside India in any form towards overseas foreign exchange trading through electronic/internet trading portals would make himself/ herself / themselves liable to be proceeded against with for contravention of the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA), 1999 besides being liable for violation of regulations relating to Know Your Customer (KYC) norms / Anti Money Laundering (AML) standards.
(ii) As and when any AD category I bank comes across any prohibited transaction undertaken by its credit card or online banking customer the bank will immediately close the card or account of the defaulting customer and report the same to Chief General Manager-in-Charge, Forex Markets Division, Foreign Exchange Department, Reserve Bank of India, Central Office, 5th Floor, Amar Building, P.M. Road, Mumbai – 400001 in the format provided in the Annex to this circular.
4. If it is observed that the concerned AD category I bank has failed to carry out the measures as outlined above, Reserve Bank of India may proceed against the defaulting bank under section 11(3) of FEMA, 1999 and take any action as may be deemed necessary.
5. AD Category - I banks may bring the contents of this circular to the notice of their constituents and customers concerned. The instructions contained in this circular may also be brought to the attention of the card issuing companies who may also be advised to remain alert against permitting payments for such unauthorized transactions.
6. The directions contained in this circular have been issued under sections 10(4) and 11 (1) of the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 (42 of 1999) and are without prejudice to permissions / approvals, if any, required under any other law.