There may be a number of reasons why your statement contains a charge you don't recognise. To learn more about a transaction, simply select the specific transaction on the HSBC HK App to go to 'Transaction Detail'.
You'll be able to see details including:
- transaction details (amount, currency, date, etc.)
- merchant details (name, website, etc.)
Here's what you can also look out for to identify the transaction:
- Check the retailer's name
Retailers are sometimes registered under a different name, so the one on your statement might not be what you expect. Try looking up the name on the internet to see if you can find more details on it.
- Look out for additional charges
Some retailers, such as hotels, taxis, airlines or hired cars services, can add additional surcharges to your basic payment package.
- Check your receipts and your email inbox
Dig out your receipts to see if you have any from the same day and for the same amount, but listed under a different retailer name. Also, check your email inbox, as you'll often get digital confirmation emails or receipts, and these might also contain the retailer's registered name.
- Adjacent transactions
Check other transactions appearing on your statement with a similar timestamp. This may remind you of where you were when the transaction that you don't recognise was made.
- Consider exchange rates
If the transaction you don't recognise was made in a foreign currency, the final amount could be different to the amount at the time of your purchase. For refunds, the amount in Hong Kong dollars could be different from the amount of your purchase.
- Check with your supplementary cardholders
If you have supplementary cards under your account, ask if the supplementary cardholders might have made the transaction.
- Check recurring payments
It could be that the transaction is part of a series of ongoing payments such as an autopay, related to something you set up or subscribed to some time ago.
- Free trials
If you've signed up for a free trial recently, check the free trial period and its corresponding terms and conditions. The free trial could have expired, and you may now be paying for goods or services.
If you still don't recognise the transaction after taking these steps, contact us immediately. You may also report the case to Police at the earliest.