Block Gambling Transactions From Your Bank Account 

If you’re worried about how much you're spending on gambling, then there is lots of support out there to help you. Including banks. 

Can Banks Block Gambling Transactions 

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Many banks are now working on plans to help customers restrict their spending on gambling, offering gambling blocking solutions, with some banks allowing customers to 'turn off' payments to certain types of retailer, including gambling services.

 

What is the Gambling Block?

While each scheme works in their own way, fundamentally they all operate the same. The gambling block is a feature that allows you to block your bank account/bank card/credit card from being used for gambling transactions. 

 

Which banks offer a Gambling Blocking Services?

 

Royal Bank of Scotland 

Offers a card locking feature to customers which include a blocker specifically for gambling transactions.

https://personal.rbs.co.uk/personal/life-moments/Struggling-financially/manage-your-gambling.html

 

Lloyds Bank

A feature within their banking app, which lets customers quickly freeze and unfreeze different types of transaction on their debit or credit cards. As well as offering their customers access to Gamban.

 https://www.lloydsbank.com/online-banking/mobile-banking/card-freezes.html

 

Halifax

Offers customers various useful tools and support such as; financial tracking, personal support and advice and access to Gamban licences to block online gambling. 

https://www.halifax.co.uk/helpcentre/help-with-gambling/

 

Bank of Scotland 

Offers a card freezing feature, which, include a blocker specifically for gambling transactions.

https://www.bankofscotland.co.uk/aboutonline/mobile-banking/card-freezes.html

 

MBNA

Allows customers to keep track of their bills and spending by using their Online Card Services.

https://www.mbna.co.uk/support/extra-help-with-your-finances/gambling.html

 

HSBC

Allows customers to voluntarily add or remove gambling restrictions on their debit cards or credit cards (including Pay by Bank app). HSBC also offers a "Cool Off Period", this means that customers can opt to lift the gambling restriction, but transactions will still be declined until the "Cool Off Period" has completed.

https://www.hsbc.co.uk/help/card-support/gambling-restrictions/

 

Monzo

Allows customers to block gambling transactions on their Monzo account, straight from the app. To turn off the block, customers will need to talk to Monzo's customer support team. Where they'll ask questions to see if their situation has changed since first switching on the restrictions.

https://monzo.com/blog/2018/06/19/gambling-block-self-exclusion

 

Starling

Allows customers to block online payments, including gambling transactions, easily from their banking app.

https://www.starlingbank.com/features/card-controls/

 

Natwest 

Offers customers a card locking feature, which includes a gambling transactions blocker, within the banking app. 

https://personal.natwest.com/personal/life-moments/Struggling-financially/managing-your-gambling.html

 

Barclays 

Allows customers to block debit card payments to certain types of merchants, including gambling websites and apps, within their banking app.

https://www.barclays.co.uk/help/mobile-banking/spending/merchant-control/

 

Santander

Allows customers to block specific transaction types without freezing their Mastercard entirely (iOS devices only, coming soon for Android).

https://www.santander.co.uk/personal/support/ways-to-bank/on-your-mobile

 

Why are banks doing this?

People who have gambling problems and decide to stop can choose to self-exclude from gambling, use software to block online gambling sites and self-exclude physically from betting shops and casinos. While these are all helpful ways for people to get support, many banks believe they can do more to support self-exclusion too.

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