William Hill took hundreds of customers’ money without telling them

They took over £1,700 from one person

Hundreds of betting customers took advantage of a William Hill Casino offer on Bank Holiday weekend. Many won, and pocketing tidy sums, withdrew their winnings.

But days later, William Hill, without the permission of their customers or any warning, started taking money from their customer’s bank accounts.

Over the long weekend, the betting company advertised to their punters 50 per cent bonus on their deposit for any game played on the Vegas section of their site, meaning if you deposited £100 you would receive a free £50 bonus. This was received if you wagered 30 times the amount of the bonus.

After making their winnings, punters withdrew their money to their accounts, with the money arriving safely. Then, on Thursday afternoon, just under 640 customers noticed large sums being taking from their bank accounts by William Hill. Bank statements seen by The Tab include amounts being taken of £872.50, £1,211.50 and £1,775.

The amounts taken have been the same as those withdrawn by the customer, but in other cases the amount was larger. One customer reported depositing £200 on the weekend, but then found William Hill had debited over £1,000 from his account on Thursday – and like others, they didn’t know this was being taken and received no warning from William Hill.

To deposit on a betting website, you have to enter your card details and your password to your account. But these customers were not alerted and had their money taken.

Banks affected by the unscheduled withdrawals are Nationwide, Natwest, TSB, Tesco and Barclays. In a statement to The Tab, William Hill said: ” It was a case of human error and we have flagged it to all impacted customers (less than 640 in total) reversed the withdrawals and made a £50 credit to their William Hill accounts by way of apology.”

The bookies acknowledged the problem later in the week and an email to customers affected read:

“We have recently experienced a small number of payment processing issues and first, we’d like to apologise for any inconvenience that this may have caused. Our banks have been instructed to rectify all issues as an urgent priority but, because of bank processing times, it will take between 3 and 5 days before the situation is fully resolved.

“As a goodwill gesture, we will also be crediting £50 to your William Hill account which will be available from 5pm today. Once again, we apologise for the inconvenience that this may have caused and thank you for your continued patience.”

William Hill, one of the main high street bookmakers, reported profit of £189.9million in 2015. One customer on Twitter said: “Wow @WillHillBet must really be struggling taking money from customers’ bank accounts. Shocking. #willhillsteal.”