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DateLine Sunday, 25 May 2008

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CEB payments via Sampath portal

Eight-hundred thousand Master and Visa card holders in the country will be able to pay the electricity bills at their convenience using the sampath payeasy.lk portal from June.

Senior Manager Card Centre Sampath Bank, Nirosha De Silva said that until recently the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) did not accept credit card payments.

Therefore, though customers could settle many of the utility bill payments using the credit card they could not pay the electricity bills.

With the introduction of this facility any master or visa cardholder will be able to pay the electricity bills using the credit card but since it is a non face to face transaction there will be a small surcharge on the card holder.

Sampath Bank will accept standing orders as well for electricity bill payments and the standing order forms will be available at Sampath Bank as well as the CEB.

She said that if the issuing bank of the debit card has enabled non face to face transactions we will accept debit cards too. Ms De Silva said that all precautions have been taken to avoid frauds when paying through the credit card adding that at present about 1,000 utility bill payments per month are done using the credit card.

 

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