Yellow Card Review (2020): How to Buy Bitcoin With Cash in Nigeria

Today, we will be looking at Yellow Card (and NO, it’s not the type that the Referee gives in football).

Yellow Card is a cryptocurrency exchange that came aboard the crypto-verse in 2016.

Following the upsurge in the adoption of cryptos in Africa, Yellow Card expanded into African countries like Nigeria, South Africa, etc in 2019.

With the sole mission of getting everyone involved in cryptocurrency, Yellow Card offers you the best rate when buying and selling on its platform.

So, by the end of your reading today, you would have come to understand clearly how Yellow Card works totally.

Ready to go with me on this discovery quest?

Let’s hit the road at once.

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For a better understanding and easy navigation through the post, I have made a list of things I will be discussing below.

They include:

A click on any subheading takes you straight to where to find the details.

So, gird up your loins and come along with your writing materials…It’s about to get real!

Yellow Card Overview

Yellow Card is a broker founded in 2016 in the USA by Chris Maurice, a crypto enthusiast and a team of about 20 others.

In 2019, the exchange ventured into the African market and so far, it has been launched in 9 African countries.

It was announced by Binance Labs as one of the 13 newest projects to graduate from its incubation program.

Thus, it is sponsored by Binance to increase crypto adoption in Africa.

Binance Labs is the venture arm of one of the leading cryptocurrency exchanges, Binance.

The exchange allows its users to buy Bitcoin with multiple payment options, low fees, and competitive rates.

It also gives you the option of either buying Bitcoin online or from any of its agents.

The exchange recently partnered with Baxi Box, a one-stop-shop payment solution.

This will enable its users to easily top up their account or cashout.

Either way, the exchange strives to give its users a seamless experience when using its platform.

Here, you have the brief overview of Yellow Card.

Moving on now, I will be talking about its distinct features next.

Read that up below.

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Features of Yellow Card

  • Increased security
  • Instant transactions
  • Great user interface
  • Mobile app
  • Merchant services
  • Multiple payment options
  • Referral program

There you have the features of Yellow Card!

You still have your writing materials, right? Good!

They will be put in use in this next section as I will talk about the products and services that Yellow Card offers.

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Yellow Card’s Products and Services

The services that Yellow Card provide include:

  1. Buy Bitcoin
  2. Sell Bitcoin
  3. Bitcoin Wallet
  4. Become a Merchant

Find details below.

1. Buy Bitcoin

Here, you have the option of buying from the platform or buying from an agent. I will explain how each option works.

i. Buy from Yellow Card

This involves the following steps:

  • Create an account with Yellow Card and login to your account.
  • Click on ‘Buy’
  • Enter the amount you want to buy either in fiat or BTC and click on ‘Buy Crypto’
  • Confirm the details you entered and click ‘Confirm Purchase’
  • Viola! The amount reflects in your Yellow Card wallet.

ii. Buy from a Merchant

To buy from a merchant, you will first of all locate one. You can find a map of all the merchants here.

When you locate one close to you, do the following:

  • Ask the merchant for Yellow Card

You need to tell the merchant how much you would like to buy, give them your phone number, and what method you would like to use.

There are two methods:

  1. Top up – This means that you will receive Naira credit in your account.
  2. Crypto purchase – This means you are purchasing the cryptocurrency directly and it will be loaded into your Yellow Card Wallet.
  • If you already have a Yellow Card account, you will simply log in to see your credit or cryptocurrency. If not, you will simply Sign Up for an account with the phone number that you gave to the merchant and you will see your credit or cryptocurrency.

2. Sell Bitcoins

Here, it follows the same as the process to buy i.e working with the platform or a merchant.

i. Sell to Yellow Card

  • Login to Yellow Card and click ‘Sell’ on the dashboard.
  • Since you will be selling to Yellow Card, click on ‘Sell on Platform’
  • You will input the amount you want to sell and click on ‘Continue’
  • Confirm the details you entered and click ‘Continue’
  • The fiat equivalent is then sent to your wallet

ii. Sell to a Merchant

To sell Bitcoin to a merchant, follow these steps:

  • Login and click on ‘Sell’
  • Select ‘Sell to Merchant’
  • Enter the amount you want to sell and click ‘Continue’
  • Enter the merchant’s phone number
  • Confirm details and click ‘Continue’
  • Check your wallet for the money

3. Wallet

Yellow Card provides a Naira and Bitcoin wallet for its users.

4. Become a Merchant

Yellow Card allows you to earn additional revenue for yourself and your business by becoming a merchant.

A merchant has the functions of:

  • accepting cash and bank payments from customers for Yellow Card PINs.
  • providing cash-out for customers selling their Bitcoin.

You can check out this page on how to become a Yellow Card merchant.

Products and services done and dusted! Hope you are getting the gist?

I will now talk about the supported countries and currencies.

Supported Currencies and Countries



The cryptocurrency that Yellow Card provides support for as at the time this post was written is just Bitcoin (BTC).

However, the team is working hard to include support for other coins.


The fiat currencies supported are NGN, ZAR, BWP, and USD.


  • Nigeria
  • South Africa
  • Botswana
  • Cameroon
  • Kenya
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Ghana
  • Zambia

The countries supported might seem few at the moment but the Yellow Card team has a lot more in the pipeline.

They are striving to expand its services to the whole of the African continent and beyond.

Fees Charged by Yellow Card

Fees on Yellow Card are country-dependent and you will find them in the table below.




The merchant fees for both topping up your Yellow Credit account or selling to a merchant is the same.

Check it out in the table below.

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Note that the platform deducts its charges from the Merchant’s credit. Thus, the Merchant collects it from the user.

There is no mention of a Buy or Sell fee anywhere on the platform. When contacted, Yellow Card confirmed that the use of the platform is free at the moment.

It could also be that the fees are already included in the rates displayed on its platform.

I hope we are still together?

Having finished with the fees, I will be listing the supported payment methods below.

Stay with me.

Supported Payment Methods

The supported payment options include:

  • Cash
  • Bank Transfer
  • Debit/Credit Card

However, the different countries supported have different payment options provided for them.

Find details in the table below.

CountriesNigeriaSouth AfricaBotswana
Bank TransferYesYesYes
Debit/Credit cardYes N/AN/A

That’s it with the payment methods.

Next, the Limits will be discussed.

Limits on Yellow Card

Just as the fees and the payment methods, the limits are country dependent.

Not just that, it is also based on the level of verification a user has attained. The levels are Tier 1, 2, and 3.

Find full details below.

Now, you may ask: But how do I even attain these levels?

The key is to getting verified by updating more info about yourself.

I explained that in the next section. Keep reading.

Verification Requirements

The requirements for the various levels include:

Tier 1– Name
– Phone Number
– Email
– Date of Birth
Tier 2– BVN Verification
– Document Verification
Tier 3– Upload a Proof of Residency
– Upload a Government-Issued ID

**The info in Tier 1 above should be as it appears on a government-issued ID.

Customer Support and Public Opinion

Yellow Card has a comprehensive knowledge base that provide answers for most questions the users might have.

But for further inquiries, you can reach them via

  • [email protected]
  • +12512200141 (WhatsApp)
  • Facebook –
  • Twitter –
  • Instagram –
  • LinkedIn –
  • Telegram –

Queries sent via its email takes up to (and sometimes, more than) 24hrs before they are attended to.

At other times, you might end up not getting a response at all.

This clearly shows that the team at Yellow Card has a lot to do in that aspect.

Yellow Card was found on Trust Pilot with an average rating and just one review but has a lot of 5-star reviews for its mobile app.

We are still in sync, right?

Let’s move on to see some frequently asked questions about Yellow Card.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Yellow Card

How do I get started on Yellow Card?

To start up using the platform, do the following:
1. Visit and click on ‘Sign Up’ on the top right-hand corner of the page.

2. Fill in the required details and click ‘Submit’
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3. Enter the verification code sent to your mobile number and click ‘Confirm’. If the SMS delays, you can click on ‘Verify with USSD’ or ‘Verify with WhatsApp’.
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4. Congratulations! You have successfully set up your account. You can now go ahead and carry out transactions as I explained above.
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What government issued documents can I use for verification?

You can use any of the following documents:
1. International Passport
2. Driver’s License
3. National ID card/slip
4. Voter’s Card

Is it safe to give Yellow Card my BVN?

The BVN (Bank Verification Number) is a number that unified all the bank account of a user in Nigeria. It was introduced by the Nigerian Banks to protect customers from identity theft and fraud.
The Nigerian government made it mandatory for anyone who wants to have a bank account. The BVN can be said to be similar to the Social Security Number in the USA.
Nigerians need to provide their BVN to protect them against identity theft, improve service delivery and speed, and help restore account if you lose your login.
No one can gain access to your bank account information through your BVN.
Besides, Yellow Card stores personal information including the BVN in a secure, encrypted form that is only accessible to authorized personnel.

Is the merchant service only for Nigerians?

No, please.
The merchant service is available in all countries that Yellow Card has launched.

Is the Instant Bank Transfer option meant for just users in Nigeria?

At the moment, only users in Nigeria can access this service.
However, plans are already in place to make it available for other countries.

But what is the difference between the Instant Bank Transfer and the Bank Transfer options?

You are not totally wrong when you say they are both “bank transfers”.
But the main difference here is that transactions via the Instant Bank Transfer deliver instantly (as the name implies) while that of the Standard Bank Transfer takes a while.

Is Yellow Card legit?

Yellow Card is an exchange where you can buy Bitcoin using different payment options.
It has a known owner, is regulated by FinCEN in the USA, and is registered with the CAC in Nigeria.
Furthermore, the team at Yellow Card works relentlessly to ensure instant execution of transactions.
Though relatively new, the exchange shows a lot of potentials that it made it to the list of the top 20 exchanges in Nigeria.
Moreover, there has been no report of fraudulent activities about it.
But then, this is just my own opinion. I still advise that you DYOR too before going ahead to make investments.

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And here is the last part of today’s post. Trust you followed through all the way and have actually learnt something from the quest?

So far, I walked you through how Yellow Card operates, the fees accrued when using its services, and lots more.

Now it’s time to hear from you; you get to drop your comments and questions if any.

But before you get to doing that, let me know your thoughts on these:

What distinct feature of Yellow Card will prompt you to sign up(that’s if you’ve not done that already)?

With the way the platform is spreading in the African continent, do you see it emerging as the African crypto king in the nearest future?

And talking about the supported coins, what fave coin of yours will you love to see listed?

Is there anything still confusing about any section of this review?

Go ahead now and drop your replies, comments, and questions below. I really hope to hear from you.

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You can also check out these reviews of other vanguards in the crypto-verse:

Yellow Card


Ease of use




Payment Methods


Customer Support



  • Great UI
  • Increased security
  • Supported by Binance
  • Mobile app


  • Poor customer support
  • Supports only 3 countries
  • Supports limited number of coins

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