Skrill the popular digital wallet has announced in an email to its Zimbabwean customers that it will cease providing services in the country in April.
The message email sent reads as follows:
We regret to inform you that Skrill will soon cease to provide services to customers registered in your country
Your account will stay active until 20 April 2021. On this date, your Skrill account will automatically be closed. Until 20 April 2021, you will still be able to transact and withdraw funds from your account, but you will not be able to upload further funds to your account.
To withdraw your funds please go to your account.
We’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for using Skrill. If you have any queries, please get in touch with our customer support team
All the best,
The Skrill Team
For those who may have never heard of Skrill, its a payments facilitator that was founded in 2001. It then spread to 120 countries across the globe and allowed customers to trade in 40 currencies. On top of being a wallet it offers cross-border payments via it’s remittance service Skrill Money Transfer.
To those familiar with the platform they may have seen this coming because Skrill stopped opening accounts in Zimbabwe some time ago. This might not have at the time been the portend of an eventual exit but I am sure many speculated that it was coming.
Its complete withdrawal from Zimbabwe is unfortunate. And further limits the financial freedom that those who managed to open accounts way back enjoyed.