I got a lot of heat for my last piece, “Ripple’s “200+ Institutional Clients” Claim Is A Scam“. Scores of Ripple fanboys and Twitter bots accused me of cherry-picking the noise, and ignoring the legitimate heavyweights in Ripple’s long list of clients. Well, let’s look into the true nature Ripple’s most impressive “partnership”: the international banking giant Santander.

Headline Fever Around The Ripple – Santander Partnership

Hundreds of online articles praise the successful partnership between Ripple and Santander, and I couldn’t blame the average XRP bagholder to be fooled into thinking that Ripple is about to disrupt the entire international money transfer ecosystem:

“Santander Becomes the First U.K. Bank to Use Ripple for Cross-Border Payments”

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“$90 Billion Santander Bank Partners with Ripple Labs”

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“$80 Billion Banco Santander Uses Ripple For Payments, Will Many Banks Follow?”

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“Santander Uses Ripple To Power Cross-Border Money Transfer”

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“Santander Bank Says Ripple’s Payment Network Outperforms Cross-Border Competitors”

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Ripple Is Powering Half Of Santander’s International Transfers, Apparently

Even more stunning is the fact that apparently, Santander uses Ripple for half of its cross-border transactions:

Source: ripple.com
Source: zycrypto.com

This figure of 50% originates from a press release, that Santander and Ripple issued back in April 2018:

Now they don’t exactly say that Ripple is used for half of Santander’s cross-border transactions, just that it’s covering half of them. Let’s see what that really means.

The True Nature Of Santander’s Use Of Ripple Tech

The original Santander’s press release (not the overhyped Ripple’s announcement, echoed by hundreds of various crypto online news outlets), states simply that

“Banco Santander today announced the launch of a new international payments service using blockchain-based technology. The service is available to retail customers in Spain, UK, Brazil and Poland, and will be rolled out across more countries in the coming months.”

santander.com

The highlighted part is key to the “50%” claim – because these four countries taken together happen to stand for half of all Santander’s retail accounts. Santander simply stated that their service is available to half of its retail clients, not that it was used for half of anything.

And by the way, retail clients only produce a small portion of a bank’s international money transfers – so the claim that “50% of the bank’s international money transfers could be covered by One Pay FX”, as was stated by Ripple, is just a flat-out lie.

What Is One Pay FX, Exactly?

Santander’s own website states that:

Santander customers can make international payments using: 
– Online Banking 
– Telephone Banking 
– our branches 
– Santander’s One Pay FX app (for iPhones running iOS10+).

santander.com

Wait, what? The whole Santander – Ripple partnership, which will revolutionise the international banking industry, and which was the reason for hundreds of online news pieces, is just an iPhone app?!

Well yes, yes it is – you can see it for yourself here.

The revolution is happening.

It has a whole lot of 17 five-star ratings on Apple’s app store, and even one review!!!

The revolution is happening, like, right now.

Ripple Labs has 364 employees on LinkedIn. If it had instructed all its employees to rate the One Pay FX app, and only one in ten had complied, the app would still have twice as many ratings than it has now, nine months after it was officially launched.

Why Does Santander Even Bother?

Ripple could correct the misconception broadcasted by hundreds of crypto news outlets and thousands of XRP bagholders. Instead, it encourages it by using consciously misleading wording and cherry-picking facts.

The impression that Ripple is disrupting something in transborder payments is the only thing that gives XRP coins a semblance of value. Selling their stash of XRP coins to naive bagholders is how Ripple Labs makes all of its money.

But what about Santander? Why would it play along, given the risks to its reputation once the scam is revealed?

The answer is in the same press release that announced the release of One Pay FX:

“InnoVentures, Santander’s $200 million fintech venture capital fund, invested in Ripple in 2015.”

santander.com

This is a common theme in Ripple’s sea of bullshit. Most of Ripple’s clients are in reality either investors in Ripple, or startups Ripple has invested in (*cough* bribed *cough*). Either way, they all have a financial incentive to use Ripple’s tech, which has nothing to do with baking revolutions or transborder payments.

Ripple Is A Scam In Broad Daylight

Nobody really uses Ripple’s tech. It doesn’t have real clients, it doesn’t have an appealing use case. The only companies who accept to play along with Ripple’s lies, do so because Ripple pays them, directly or indirectly.

The whole scheme works as long as naive investors believe Ripple’s lies, and thing that XRP coins are worth something. The moment people stop buying these worthless database entries, Ripple will disappear into the night, taking with it the hundreds of millions of real dollars it made with this scam.

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11 Comments

  1. Oh so the IMF or the Federal Reserve or the SBI Or the BIS or the Bank of England Stay behind a Scam. What is with Temenos T24 or R3 or TAS.
    You are Really funny with your fud. Btw iam investiert in xrp Not it ripple. So write what you want. Who doesnt care the FUD

    1. The Bank of England doesn’t stand behind Ripple. They’ve done ONE test with it in the past, and that’s the extent of their cooperation. Ripple is listed as one of the “Firms we’ve worked with in the past” on their webpage.
      I haven’t had the time to check the rest, but every time you kick the tires of one of Ripple’s claims, the whole car dealership falls apart.

  2. “Nobody really uses Ripple’s tech. It doesn’t have real clients, it doesn’t have an appealing use case” ?
    I cant believe the lack of research in this article. I guess Mercury FX, IDT, Cuallix, and Catalyst Credit Union are not real xRapid clients huh ? They have completed successful pilots and either starting to use or will implement production use this year. Regarding the 200+ clients, they include ones that use xCurrent or xRapid or xVia. xRapid is the one that requires XRP to be used. Next time, please do a little research…it might temper the bias.

    1. Do u have any transaction id from any of those using xrapid u mention??? Like mercury fx
      Just so i could see the ransaction on the xrpl. Pls provide

  3. hahah well done n keep up the great work. these fucking dim wits who buy ripples are gonna be left bagholding in perhaps the biggest liquidation of a shitcoin scam in history.. popcorn at the ready..

    no ones invested in ripple due to innovation or some amaxing global money. usually there some shirt or a banking turd who bought 2017 ath or beyond praying for the banks to carry their bags to the top.. well ill let ya in to a fucking big secret..shhh. its never gonna happen. once legals finally clamp down the shitshows gonna be historic

  4. Christine Lagarde just mentions how XRP/RIPPLE and CIRCLE in front of thousands about how distrubtive this new Tech is for the hell of it? She lies to?

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