Halifax and HSBC to Allow customers to Block Cards From Gambling Sites
by Glenn Baird - November 19, 2019
A few weeks ago HSBC announced that they would allow customers to set up blocks in their cards that would prevent them from spending money at online gambling sites. Today, Halifax joined HSBC, allowing their customers to self-exclude their cards from gambling sites of a minimum of 48 hours.
The measure, whilst not a full block has been devised by Halifax to allow customers to take the time needed to walk away from impulsive spending behaviours that they are aware they cannot control.
The move sees two of Europe’s biggest banks take measures to try and support customers who identify has problem gamblers. Similar blocks have already bee put in place by Lloyds Bank, Barclays, Bank of Scotland and MBNA.
More than 15,000 customers have already taken advantage of the restrictions that these banks and lenders have put in place since the end of October.