Forced to give up personal info on Poloniex?

So I was withdrawing BTC from Poloniex and I got the confirmation email and I approved the withdrawal. Then my transaction was "Awaiting Approval". I waited for a bit and I was made to complete Level 1 verification which is my name. No big deal. But now they want me to give them where I live and a phone number. I have no idea why, since my transaction is not over the Level 1 limit ($2,000). My account is essentially frozen since I can't even get to the exchange or anything. I am stuck on the "My Profile" page essentially forcing me to give up my personal info.

Does anyone know what I can do? I submitted a support ticket but it is taking a long time.

Thank you

Seems similar to the issues @Voluntary was having https://forum.zcashcommunity.com/t/throwing-in-the-towel-with-poloniex/15030/6

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Do you have an account with their helpdesk? And have they bugged you about two factor authentication? Even though they're the paid 'professionals' and it's them messing with your money, I'd recommend against using any colourful or even emotional language in support ticket(s) you send them otherwise they'll sulk and possibly relegate your ticket to the bottom of the pile for a week or more as punishment.

I have made an account and am waiting 2 days now for them to respond to my ticket

I think I finally got some attention by bugging a couple of troll box moderators. If you still can't access that you could try making a new account for temporary use and then talk to a moderator.

Also, I signed up for a yobit account today and placed an order.

They are located in the U.S. so they have to comply with "FinCEN" (financial crimes and enforcement) regulations that are fuzzy and changing. By fuzzy I mean this: my bank sort of let $200,000 go to a country that was sort of on a "we do not like them" list (not the blocked list, but a different list). My bank did not break any rules, but FINCEN thought they should have been more aggressive in blocking the transfer, so they fined my bank $800,000. True story. They did not break any rule except for one that says "you must make judgment calls that are as least as strict as we think they should be, but we can't really describe to you how strict we are going to be. if you get fined, then you know you should have been more strict". I know this because I wanted to know why they could not send my money to coinbase. I looked it up to confirm the story.

My point is to not assume Poloniex is engaging in bad or ignorant behavior. They have awful non-codified regulations they have deal with, that can shut them down even if they have not broken written regulation. Just allowing privacy-oriented coins like Zcash on their exchange is a risk.

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I understand about that aspect. My account says there is no error anymore but I still cannot go to the exchange. So I am just waiting for someone to fix this

My first yobit order completed and withdrawn.

Second and third orders completed and withdrawn. Larger amounts each time - no issues. This is how crypto currency trading should be.

Nice. I'll keep that in mind

I'd start making the assumption that whatever Poloniex is currently doing, it's likely an exit scam like you mention. They've been holding a pending withdrawal of mine hostage for nearly 1.5 weeks. See the link below. This hasn't been approved despite the Poloniex customer policy of manually approving within 24 hours.

Here's a link that demonstrates my transaction detail:
https://www.evernote.com/l/ArPjtTQYU1NEj4zdVkudaZ3jkO0SrcaDYwg

Here's the link that demonstrates that Poloniex is a complete lie:
https://poloniex.freshdesk.com/support/solutions/articles/1000244844-my-withdrawal-is-awaiting-approval

Unfortunately, there's no support and when the team does finally reach you, they don't discuss the topic at hand, rather, they direct you to the resources section on support that doesn't help at all...

MR

http://bit.ly/the_poloniex_scam