'All' UK shoppers who have Visa card in wallets and purses warned

All shoppers who have a Visa card in their wallets and purses have been warned over payments going DOWN today. Card payments at major high street shops like Asda, Sainsbury's, and petrol stations across the UK appeared to crash this morning.

Shoppers reported being unable to pay for their groceries and petrol. A Visa spokesperson confirmed it was aware cardholders are experiencing issues when making payments. The spokesperson said: "While Visa’s systems are operating normally, we are working with our partners to investigate."

A Mastercard spokesperson said: “We are aware of some payment transaction issues at select merchants in the UK and are working with our partners to gather more information. There is no current indication that these issues are related to our network.”

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"I've just been turned away at Sainsbury's as they can't accept card payments," said Vanessa Meehan, in Twickenham. "Petrol station also coned off. The car is running on fumes and I need to get supplies." The supermarket confirmed contactless payments were "briefly unavailable" this morning but the issue has been resolved.

"This was due to an issue with our third-party payment provider," said a Sainsbury's spokesperson to Sky News. "We're accepting all payments as usual and continue to monitor the situation. We're sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused."

"Just did a whole shop in @asda, got to the till and told card payments aren't working across supermarkets/shops in the UK. Does anything work in this country?" posted one X user. Another said: "Several businesses this morning are experiencing issues with card payments.

"Reports from customers in @marksandspencer @Tesco, @asda, @sainsburys, @McDonaldsUK. Many stores are currently accepting just cash transactions." And another typed: "Card payments not working at Asda Waterloo road, Wolverhampton. Anyone else having this issue?"

The issues are also impacting Sainsbury's and McDonald's as well.