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Which? finds variety in overseas bank charges

Overseas credit card charges can be too complicated and high, consumer body Which? has claimed.

Information about these fees can be undisclosed on statements and in hidden locations on a providers' webpage, but are occasionally "exorbitant", the organisation claimed.

Researchers from the watchdog travelled to Calais, France, in December 2011 and made a €20 (£16.75) cash withdrawal from a bank machine, as well as a €5.95 supermarket purchase on a debit card.

They found Halifax charged users 33 per cent more than Norwich and Peterborough's (N&P) Gold Light Current account when buying the goods in the superstore.

If ten overseas transactions of £50 were made with an N&P card, they would be free, while a Halifax customer would have had to pay £28.75.

"We want to see overseas bank charges made clear to consumers when they sign up for their current account or credit card," Which? executive director Richard Lloyd said.

Sainsbury's Travel Money recently discovered 65.3 per cent of all pre-paid currency cards incur bank charges when used in a different country.

Jennifer Haines

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