'Firms are set to pocket millions of pounds by introducing rip-off charges to get around a ban on credit card fees.
From today, businesses are forbidden from imposing an extra charge if someone pays for a product or service by credit card.
Companies have always insisted the charges were only imposed to cover the extra fees they had to pay for the cost of processing credit card payments. Campaigners, however, said they were hugely inflated and a brazen customer rip-off.
It was hoped that the ban would save consumers £473million a year.
But it has now emerged that some firms are trying to get around it. Travel agents, takeaway firms, airlines and football clubs have already admitted the dodge.
Although the new rules ban discrimination against anyone using a particular form of payment, there are no obstacles to adding an extra fee as long as it applies to everyone equally.
Businesses have seized the opportunity to charge more, imposing new ‘service charges’ or extra commission to ensure they don’t lose out.
MPs and campaigners last night slammed firms for trying to get around the ban, saying their plans were deeply cynical.'
Read more: Travel agents, airlines and retailers introduce new 'rip-off' fees for ALL customers as they dodge ban on charges for credit card users that was designed to save consumers millions
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