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I recently spent a year in South America, where I believe that I was charged in total about £200-£300 to withdraw money on my debit/credit card. These were cash machine fees applied to the withdrawals by HSBC. I would like to know if there is any scope in reclaiming these charges.


I am not sure if this could be considered a penalty charge as I had no other option to withdraw money from my account whilst abroad. Further, it certainly does not cost £1.75/£2.75 for HSBC to administer each withdrawal!


I should be grateful for any and all replies, as I truly believe that everyone needs to teach these banks a lesson!


And could the OFT ever say to banks, "you must now pay back the surplus amount (i.e. more than £12) on every single penalty charge levied against a client in the last six years". Now wouldn't that be sweet!





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I sympathise, but I doubt it. I think that these fees are transaction charges levied on your bank through the international sorting system and they are merely passing them on to you.

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Get an account with the Nationwide as they don't charge for cash withdrawls or use of debit cards abroad whilst still giving a competitive exchange rate.

Lloyds TSB, Total Charges £900, Claim Filed for £1379 - Settled


Sainsbury's Bank Credit Card, Total Charges £90 - Settled.

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You'd think their costs have already been absorbed by the pitiful exchange rates they offer you, with huge spreads.

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