Visa card fault leaves shoppers across Europe short at the till

Visa payment system failed, throughout Europe terminals and ATMs refuse to read media.

"We have no reason to believe this was associated with any unauthorized access or malicious event", Visa said in a statement.

After the hardware issue was resolved, Paymentsense said customers continued to experience "intermittency" because of a backlog in transactions.

Some Visa card payments are failing in the United Kingdom and elsewhere in Europe, the company confirmed.

Visa debit cards are not working across the United Kingdom and most of Europe after the company suffered a major network fault.

Visa account holders should now be able to use their cards for purchases and to withdraw cash, after the issues yesterday caused long queues in shops as customers were unable to pay. "We fell well short of this goal today", he admitted.

"We are working with your banks to resolve this".

Finance experts Payment Sense said at 6.30pm the problem is slowly being fixed and some cards have begun to work again.

The bank HSBC said Friday that the "industry-wide issue" affected Visa payments, though ATM machines were still working.

It is noted that problems arose in all European countries, including the UK.

An estimated £1 of every £3 spent in the United Kingdom is on a Visa card.

It cited Elle Gibbs-Murray, from Bridgend in south Wales, as saying she was stuck in traffic on the Severn Bridge between England and Wales for 45 minutes as drivers were unable to pay the toll by card. A chain of British supermarkets Tesco said that the problem only occurs when using contactless payments and did not affect the payment using the PIN. "We will keep you updated".

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