HSBC to let customers block spending on gambling websites

Bank says 24-hour cooling-off period will give problem gamblers time to reconsider

HSBC will allow customers to prevent themselves from spending money with bookmakers and online casinos, as it becomes the latest bank to introduce measures intended to help problem gamblers.

Europe’s largest bank will offer its 14.5 million UK customers the option to self-exclude from all gambling transactions, a restriction that can only be reversed after a 24-hour cooling-off period.

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