Asda introduced a 99-pound "charge" at gas stations

British drivers who pay at Asda gas stations with bank cards, found that instead of real fuel costs, £99 is withdrawn from them.

Consumers blamed the Asda network of gas stations for arbitrariness, while other networks officially announced that they will follow the example of the competitor and will also withdraw £99 instead of the exact price of fuel. To the indignation of drivers, the answer was given not only by the press service of Asda, but also by the MasterCard payment system.

Asda network response:

Carrying out a transaction of £99 is not a purchase price and not some kind of hidden fee: it is a check of the credit card's solvency. Asda does not write off this amount from the buyer's account, but only blocks it until a positive response is received from the bank, after which the amount corresponding to the exact number of liters of fuel sold is written off from the account. The new system was introduced to exclude cases of fraud on the part of buyers or an unintended overdraft on the card.

MasterCard reply:

"Under the new rules on automatic refueling, a preliminary blocking of the amount equivalent to the cost of a full fuel tank is carried out as a guarantee that the driver will not take gasoline or fuel in excess of the limit on the card. Previously, the system blocked only £1 for confirming that the used card is in principle solvent, but in this case the driver could accidentally or intentionally "go into negative", filling a full tank. Now if the card of the owner of the car has only £50, the system will not refuse to operate it, but will allow to take fuel no more than for cost at £50. We draw your attention: despite the blocking of the amount exceeding the cost of your purchase, it does not leave your account, and the transaction will be authorized only for the real cost of the purchased fuel."

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