iTunes £1 and £1 refund

Hello guys

I received a notification from iTunes today:

I didn’t update any card details with iTunes.
Someone had same random card check? Or someone used my card? Thanks!

Some retailers do random active card checks, it looks like that’s what this is :blush:


I’ve had quite a few of these at random from iTunes. Seems to just randomly check if you have an active card!

I’ve had that from iTunes too recently.

How is it that some businesses take an amount usually 1p, 10p, £1 and refund, whilst some appear as Active Card Check and no money is taken?

I assume it’s cheaper to do refund approach?

Presumably old systems

Well I know if you use something like Stripe it first tries an auth of £0 and then would try £1 if that didn’t work. I’m assuming it’s the bank picking up the 0 attempt, and rather than showing as a transaction and reverse, it just shows the attempt?

Yeah, I believe it’ll show Active Card Check if they request £0 - which they really should be doing. Amazon and iTunes are terrible for this.

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