Travel Notice - Automatic Teller Machines ATM's
If you are traveling to Asia and South East Asia there is big problems concerning the International ATM system. Some times Visa Cards do not work. Seemingly its impossible to obtain cash from an ATM if your using a Cirrus or Master Card.
This information should of come from the corporate companies that run the system but they never inform the media when they have problems on any part of the global ATM systems. They leave it up to the unfortunate card user, that needs to top up with cash when traveling, on business or for pleasure.
Simply when the system is down in the area and the country that you may visit, they expect you the card holder, to keep going to the ATM maybe for many days at a time, keep on trying to obtain money from the ATM.
The banks that host the ATM are never informed that there is a problem on the system, so they can inform the customers that use the ATM's. That there is a problem, what the problem is and how long till the problem may take to fix, approximately.
This can mean a tourist can be stranded with out cash, or, an ex-pat such as I am. That has no money to pay for food, or, rent and has to rely on a friend or family, to electronically send money by Weston Union, or, by some other means.
These company's do not care a damn, In fact when an ATM pays short or no money, but the correct amount asked for is registered on your bank account. They hold on to the cash far to long and use that held money to invest and make interest.
Really they should be made accountable, to report to the media and the banks concerned, of any maintenance or problems taking place on their network. If it going to disrupt the system more than an hour or two. So that travels can be aware of the problem, take measures before traveling such as: obtaining travelers cheque's.
Why don't they give a warnings on their websites now that would be very, very, helpful.
No customer care what so ever!
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Negros Oriental, Philippines