Visa transactions hit by service outage

Ann Santiago
June 2, 2018

The issue affects Visa credit card holders who are trying to pay for items or withdraw cash from ATMs.

It appears, therefore, that anyone with a European Visa card has a chance of being affected, no matter where they are.

A spokesperson from Visa said: "Visa is now experiencing a service disruption".

Payment processing company Paymentsense said late Friday afternoon that transactions were starting to go through after a period of disruption but "there is still some intermittency" because of a backlog. Staff did not know why transactions were not going through. Shoppers have reported "cash only" in supermarkets across the country.

He told Sky News: "In today's world, with cyber risks, everyone really needs to always be carrying two means to make a payment".

"We are in touch with Visa to help provide a fix to this, and we'll issue an update via our social channels and email as soon as we have one", the statement said.

Users of many United Kingdom banks have received alerts or messages informing them of a "disruption of service" which means they can not spend or receive money.

According to The Independent, customers received messages telling them there was a "disruption" that meant payment providers are unable to send or receive funds.

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