While not some attack or slur upon Blizzard Entertainment the Halifax bank, with the Bank of Scotland as a subsidiary, are blocking automatic monthly payments to the MMO. They cite that World of Warcraft is experiencing high incidences of credit card fraud.
They go on to state that its users themselves and not an issue with Blizzards online billing system that is the problem. While automatic payments are being stopped, customers can still subscribe to World of Warcraft but must first contact the Halifax or Bank of Scotland to authorise future payments.
"We do not believe the fraud is anything to do with Blizzard themselves, their sites or the integrity of their billing systems, rather it is site users utilising stolen credit card details to pay for subscriptions," the Halifax spokesman said. "If a customer does want to subscribe to a game site operated by Blizzard, using a Halifax or Bank of Scotland credit card, we can arrange for the payments to be processed for them if they contact us."
British bank Halifax blocks WOW subscriptions amid fraud concerns
18 February 2008 | By Jamie Davey