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“Travel Money - DO NOT USE THEM”

Written on: 25/06/2019 by emmadyer (1 review written)

I tried to place an order for click and collect travel money last week, at the end of the process I got an error message saying the transaction has not gone through please try again. I tried for a second time and got the same message. I went into M&S Bureau de change in Milton Keynes and was promptly told it's nothing to do with them I need to contact click and collect. I called click and collect whom told me they have no record of any orders and nothing has transacted there end. OK, no problem, a little disgruntled I thought I'd go elsewhere for my travel money. I went to purchase the money elsewhere and was told my card has been declined, odd i think as the money is 100% in my account. I then call my bank whom were extremely helpful, to my utter shock M&S had taken two payments from my account equating to total of £3400! It transpires that whilst an order was never generated by M&S they had still transacted the payments from my account. This money is sitting in an M&S holding account and has been since last Thursday. My bank are unable to raise a dispute due to the monies being in the M&S holding account, a dispute can only be raised once the merchant has completed the transaction (even though the money has been debited from account). I spent 2 hours on the phone to M&S travel Money whom said because there has been no order placed they cannot do anything and I need to wait 3-5 working days for M&S to release my money back to me once the they realise there is no order that matches those transactions. I provided M&S with the date, exact time of said transactions, exact amounts and the authorisation numbers, yet still they are unable to give me my money back! So, to make it clear, they have taken money from me without an order being placed. I'm now incurring charges through my bank because I have had to borrow money to enable me to get my travel money, I have had to take time off work to sort all this out and I'm experience significant financial hardship! Who wouldn't after having that money taken. The money as of today still remains in the M&S holding account and M&S not accepting any responsibility of providing anyway of getting it back. Nice little earner for M&S, keeping peoples money in there holding account earning interest on money that isn't theirs.

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