Why is the merchant charging an amount greater than the original purchase?

Some purchases require a preauthorization. The merchant will send a transaction for a higher amount than the purchase. This most often occurs with service-related merchants where the final amount may be more than what was initially charged. We are required to approve and hold funds based on the estimated total until the merchant finalizes the transaction. Merchant finalization can take up to seven (7) days. Check with your merchant prior to purchase for details about preauthorization.

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