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NatWest is down with customers unable to access their accounts

NatWest customers have complained of being unable to access their accounts online — just hours after HSBC suffered similar problems.

According to Down Detector, which monitors website outages, hundreds of users began experiencing issues shortly before 13:00 BST. 

Among the complaints were 63 per cent reporting issues with online banking, 27 per cent with online login troubles, and 10 per cent with mobile banking problems.  

London is the area most affected, with issues also reported in cities such as Bristol, Manchester and Birmingham, according to Down Detector.

NatWest customers have also taken to social media to express their frustration.

NatWest customers have complained of being unable to access their accounts online — just hours after HSBC suffered similar problems

According to Down Detector, which monitors website outages, hundreds of users began experiencing issues shortly before 13:00 BST

According to Down Detector, which monitors website outages, hundreds of users began experiencing issues shortly before 13:00 BST

London is the area most affected, with issues also reported in cities such as Bristol, Manchester and Birmingham, according to Down Detector

London is the area most affected, with issues also reported in cities such as Bristol, Manchester and Birmingham, according to Down Detector

One Twitter user shared a screengrab of a broken internet page that read ‘site can’t be reached’, before adding: ‘Is online banking down?’

Another said: ‘Why is the online banking down? Trying to make payments.’

NatWest has yet to comment on the problems. 

It comes hours after HSBC’s online banking system crashed this morning, leaving customers unable to access their accounts for around two hours.

Hundreds of users began experiencing issues at around 9:30 BST. 

An HSBC spokesperson told MailOnline that the issue had been resolved and the ‘service is stable’ at 11:30am on Monday. 

HSBC's online banking system went down this morning, leaving customers unable to access their accounts

HSBC’s online banking system went down this morning, leaving customers unable to access their accounts

According to Down Detector, which monitors website outages, hundreds of users began experiencing issues at around 9:30 BST

According to Down Detector, which monitors website outages, hundreds of users began experiencing issues at around 9:30 BST

MailOnline asked the bank about the specific cause of the relatively short outage, but the spokesperson said they could not share any detail on this as yet.

‘We have identified the likely root cause in fully recovering the service, but further investigations are underway,’ the spokesperson said. 

A number of people took to social media to express their frustration, saying they had trouble logging in both online and through the HSBCnet app. 

One HSBC customer wrote on Twitter: ‘Is HSBCnet broken? We’re not able to log in!’

Another added: ‘Is there a problem with HSBCnet this morning? I am unable to logon anywhere…’

One user, Christina Sleight, tweeted: ‘Is HSBCnet down?’ 

Earlier, HSBC had acknowledged the problem but said it was only affecting online banking platform HSBCnet and not retail customers.

A spokesman said: ‘The account access issues seen by some business customers lasted for less than half an hour, though some intermittent issues remain so customers may have to retry. We are working to resolve these residual issues. 

‘We apologise for any inconvenience caused.’

NatWest is down with customers unable to access their accounts

NatWest is down with customers unable to access their accounts

Users of HSBCnet, the bank's online banking platform, took to Twitter to share their issues on Monday morning

Users of HSBCnet, the bank’s online banking platform, took to Twitter to share their issues on Monday morning 

Down Detector gets network status updates from various sources including social media and reports submitted to its website.

Reports started to surge at around 9am on Monday morning, peaking at more than 300 at about 10:30am. 

The majority of issues reported – 63 per cent – related to online banking, while a further 31 per cent were specifically about an inability to log in, according to Down Detector. 

Reports had fallen to just 28 at around 11:15am, coinciding with HSBC’s announcement that the issue had been resolved. 

This Down Detector map shows the areas of the UK where HSBC customers are having issues

This Down Detector map shows the areas of the UK where HSBC customers are having issues 

Down Detector’s ‘heat map’ of user-submitted problem reports shows affected customers are mostly in the UK’s major cities, including London, Manchester, Cardiff and Belfast.  

Also on Monday, HSBC announced a 74 per cent jump in third quarter profit, allowing it to announce a share buyback of $2 billion. 

The Asia-focused bank posted pretax profit of $5.4 billion for the quarter to September, which compares with $3.1 billion a year prior. 

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