This only applies if our website says your credit or debit card was declined.
In the event that your credit or debit card was declined by our system, this does not mean that your credit or debit card was declined by your bank.
In order to prevent online credit card fraud, our website uses advanced security features. This helps to keep your card safe and secure.
If your payment was declined because you entered an incorrect billing address, an incorrect expiry date, an incorrect postcode or an incorrect card number, your bank may have actually approved the transaction. In this case, your bank has issued what is called a 'temporary authorisation'.
Your bank should display this transaction as a 'temporary authorisation' and not an actual charge.
If you experienced a decline or even two, and then go on to receive an approval on your payment, you may well see a double or triple charge. These are actually 'temporary authorisations'.
Only approved charges will be processed and debited to your account. When an approval is processed it will actually tell your bank we require the money. At this point it will turn your 'temporary authorisation' into an actual charge.
In most instances, a 'temporary authorisation' is straightaway converted into an actual sale with your bank and will appear on your bank statement as one payment.