Visa cards affected by major processing outage in Europe

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The Bank of England, which regulates Visa in the United Kingdom, said it is aware of the issue and is working with the company to solve the problem. We will update when we know more.

European Visa debit card users voiced their frustration online.

In a statement VISA said: "Visa is now experiencing a service disruption".

We have been informed that VISA has corrected the outage and transactions are now starting to go through. Make sure you can prove it.

"We strongly advise people to keep any evidence of extra expenses they've incurred in order to claim them back".

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Those heading for drinks after work were also left disappointed, with pubs including Southampton's The Guide Dog warning just before the evening rush that card payments might not work.

The company said it is working towards resolving the problem.

According to The Independent, customers received messages telling them there was a "disruption" that meant payment providers are unable to send or receive funds.

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