I’ve been using my US bank’s ATM card here for years with no problems, until last week. The card was retained by an ATM for no clear reason. It was returned, only to be retained again the next time I used it.
I called my bank to explain the situation and got some surprising news. According to the woman I spoke with, there have been too many ‘problems’ (scams) in Asia using US ATM cards. As a result, some banks (mine included) no longer allow the use of their ATM cards in Asia.
The woman admitted that she wasn’t fully up-to-date on the situation and that it may or may not be permanent.
Has anyone heard any similar news or had similar problems?
It all seems a bit strange and heavy-handed to me…