Query a transaction or raise a dispute

Please read the important information before getting in touch

Please note

As we support customers financially impacted by Covid-19 we are receiving higher than normal claims. We will respond to you within 60 days of receipt.

In most cases you will need to contact the retailer in the first instance.

Credit balance refund

You can get a refund once the refund is showing on your statement balance. We would ask that you monitor your account online, if you're registered. Once the refund is showing simply sign in and send us a secure message, in the ‘My Messages Centre’, with your bank sort code, account number, amount and name on the account.

Alternatively, call us on 0345 600 5860 and we'll arrange this for you. There is no charge to do this.

I don't recognise a transaction

There may be a number of reasons why there is a transaction on your account that you don't recognise. Here are some possible explanations which might help you identify the transaction:

Unrecognised retailer name/transaction on your statement

Occasionally you may see an entry on your account or statement that you don’t recognise.

The below may help you to identify what the transaction is and things for you to consider.

  • Have you completed an internet search for the retailer/entry?
  • Sometimes a retailer may use a different trading name, to the one you were expecting.
  • You might want to review where else you used your card that day.
  • Is the transaction for an amount you were expecting to pay?
  • Have you seen the retailer on your statement before?
  • Do you have any email receipts/ invoices for the transaction in your email inbox?
  • Could the transaction have been made by a second card holder?
  • Try using the list below to identify common retailers.

Retailer reference table

Retailer reference on statement Description
AA Membership (AA MFE OLA RENEWALS) Primarily Motor Insurance specialist but also provider of other insurances.
Allpay A payment service used by a number of public and private sector organisations, including councils and housing associations.
Amazon Online retailer who also provides a range of goods and services including online books/ music and TV streaming.
Amazon Prime (AMZ*Prime Member Fee) Usually a chargeable service provided by Amazon which gives things such as enhanced delivery and exclusive Amazon content.
Arcadia/ Arcadia Group Holding group name of the specified brand name retailers. (Burton, Dorothy Perkins, Evans, Miss Selfridge, Outfit, BHS, Topman/Topshop and Wallis)
ASOS.COM Online fashion retailer.

Audible.co.uk

An audiobook subscription service owned by Amazon.

Big Savings Club (The Big Save Club)

Members receive offers and incentives. A free trial is usually offered but if not cancelled, charges can be incurred.

Camelot Group

Operators of the UK National lottery.

Capita

A payment service used by a number of public and private sector organisations, TV licenses payments are common.

Completesavings.co.uk

Members receive cashback offers and incentives. A free trial is usually offered but if not cancelled, charges can be incurred.

Credit Cleaner

An online service for accessing your credit report.

Credit Expert

An online service for accessing your credit report.

Credit Confidential

An online service for accessing your credit report.

Credit Perfect

An online service for accessing your credit report.

Digital River (DRI*pctools.com
DRI*SPYHUNTER)

Provider in computer software, ecommerce, payments and marketing.

Domestic & General

Provide protection/ warranties and breakdown for domestic appliances.

Easylife Group

The retailer sells various goods through catalogues, mail order, online and phone. 

Giffgaff.Com

A mobile phone network.

Google Play

A digital download from the Google Play store.

Home retail group

Holding group name of brands including Argos and Homebase.

Itunes Apple (itunes.com/bill)

A purchase or download from Apple.

JD Williams part of N Brown Group

Online and mail order retailer. (Ambrose Wilson/ Simply Be/ Jacamo)

Just Eat

An online food order and delivery service which acts as an intermediary between take-out food outlets and customers.

Just fab Ltd

Fashion retailer usually with paid membership.

McAfee

Anti Virus and security software.

Microsoft *Xboxlive

A purchase or subscription service to access Xbox live- to access games and services on your xbox.

Netflix

Streaming provider of online movie and TV content.

New Day

Providers of credit and store cards for brands including Debenhams, House of Fraser, Laura Ashley, Wallis, Burton, Dorothy Perkins, Evans, Harvey Nichols, Miss Selfridge, Outfit, Topshop and Topman.

Nochex Ltd

This company is a 3rd party payment processor. They process transactions on behalf of many different companies.

Norton (DRI – Symantec)

Anti Virus and security software.

Now TV (NOWTV.COM/BILL)

Streaming provider of online movie and TV content.

Paypal (sometimes when billed a transaction using Paypal as the payment service may reference PP*)

Service for individuals and retailers to send and receive payments.

Play.com

Play.com sell a range of products including CD’s, DVD’s, Books, Games, Electronics, Gadgets, Clothing and Accessories. 

Product Support AG

Product Support AG offer an extended product warranty for goods purchased from the Dixons Store Group. Stores include Dixons, Currys PC World, Comet and The Link.

RAC membership

Primarily breakdown motor recovery.

Shopdisc.co.uk Shopper Discounts/ Shopperdisc

Members receive offers and incentives and membership is usually set up after an online purchase has taken place.

Uber

Ride sharing.

Uber eats

Food delivery service.

VPrewards.com

Members receive offers and incentives. A free trial is usually offered but if not cancelled, charges can be incurred.

World Pay (Transactions prefixed with WP)

Processes transactions for a wide range of merchants online. 

Adjacent transactions

Take a look at other transactions showing on your statement at a similar time. This may remind you of where you were when the transaction that you don't recognise was made.

Think about exchange rates

If the transaction you don't recognise was made in a foreign currency, the final amount could be different to the amount at the time of purchase.

Look out for additional charges

Some retailers, such as hotels, taxis, airlines or hire cars, can add additional surcharges.

Double-check your receipts and your inbox

Dig out your receipts to see if you have any from the same day and for the same amount but with a different retailer name.

Have a look at your email inbox, as you often get confirmation emails or receipts by email and these might show different retailer names.

Ask another account holder

If someone shares your account, they may have made the transactions.

Check repeat payments

It may be that this is an ongoing payment such as a Direct Debit or Standing Order, that is related to something you set up or subscribed to some time ago.

Free trials

If you've signed up for a free trial recently, check the free trial period and terms and conditions of the trial. The free trial may have expired and you may now be paying for goods or services.

I recognise a transaction, but wish to dispute it with another reason

First steps

In most cases you will need to try and solve the problem by first contacting the retailer. If you are then unsuccessful, you can contact us by calling 0345 900 0900.

Credit or debit card

Chargebacks

A chargeback is a way for M&S Bank to dispute transactions on your behalf in the event something goes wrong with a purchase of goods or services. Internet Banking users can send a secure message using the secure messaging facility in Internet Banking.

Section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act

In some cases you may have protection under section 75 of the Consumer Credit Act. This will apply where the transaction was made wholly or in part on a M&S Bank Credit Card and your dispute is related to one of the following:

  • Where the contract is over £100 (and up to £30,000)
  • A breach of contract by the retailer (e.g. non-receipt of goods/services or goods that do not match the description of what you ordered)
  • Misrepresentation by the retailer (e.g. the retailer made false promises to get you to purchase their goods or service)

If your dispute is within the above criteria and is unsuccessful, we will automatically review for a section 75 claim and may be in contact again if we need any further information.

I have a travel related dispute

Take a look at our general guidelines relating to travel plans affected by COVID-19

Am I entitled to claim money back if I haven’t received goods or services (e.g. travel costs) as a result of Covid-19?

Customers are advised to contact the retailer where you have purchased the goods or services in the first instance (e.g. the airline if you have purchased airline tickets, hotel booking etc).

You should attempt to resolve the matter with them directly as they will help you understand why you haven’t received the goods or services. This may result in a refund or offer of an acceptable alternative such as booking for an alternative date or credit vouchers.

If you haven’t been able to obtain a refund from the retailer, you should contact us to query the transaction or raise a dispute. It may be possible to raise a dispute or claim under section 75.

We can only raise a claim on the following basis:

Has the travel date passed, or do you have proof that the travel arrangements have been cancelled by the retailer?

Yes No