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Can I pay for petrol with my card?

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Quick Answer

To protect customers from card authorization holds and possible security breaches, the SpectroCoin debit card cannot be used to buy fuel at a self-service petrol pump. However, customers can still pay for gas with their card by simply going inside the gas station and handing the card to the attendant for payment.

How to pay for gas with the SpectroCoin card? As with everyday purchases, load your debit card with EUR from your SpectroCoin wallet first, and go to a petrol station with an open counter to pay for gas, regardless of the type of pump/retailer. Usually, funds will be available within minutes after loading the card so that they are there when you need them.

Why is SpectroCoin blocking 'pay at the pump' transactions?

At a self-service petrol pump, customers' funds are typically held when they use their card to buy fuel. The funds are frozen until the gas station updates the card provider with the actual transaction amount, which is then deducted from the card holder's account. SpectroCoin blocks pay at pump transactions with its debit cards to prevent customers from card authorization holds, a precaution taken to ensure that customers always have sufficient funds to pay for gas.

Fuel can be one of the most frequent purchases, in which case you may consider giving yourself extra protection by going to the counter. The card slots on self-service gas pumps are one of the easiest places for different types of fraudulent activity to occur against anyone using a card.

Your account and debit card are issued by Contis Financial Services Ltd., which is authorized by the Financial Conduct Authority to issue e-money (Firm Reference Number: 900025) and is a member of Visa. Head Office: Navigation House, Belmont Wharf, Skipton, North Yorkshire, BD23 1RL. Registered in England. Company Number: 6085862.
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