Blocks

When using a credit or debit card, a block is a hold that is placed on a certain amount of the funds if the total amount of the transaction taking place is unknown. This is common at gas stations, for example, where the merchant does not know at the start of the transaction what the total cost will be of the gas you pump. A credit card or debit card block is usually removed after minutes or hours, but can in certain cases be longer.

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