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SnapScan is one of the most secure mobile payment gateways in South Africa. It is widely accepted both in real life and online. Using it makes payments a snap (forgive the pun) both in retail and on various online stores - and, of course, online casinos.

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In this article, we’ll look at what SnapScan is, how to use it, and which South African online casinos accept payments through it.

What is SnapScan?

SnapScan is a mobile wallet. It can store credit or debit cards and it can function as a standalone wallet that you can use to shop or quickly transfer money. 

SnapScan has been around for more than a decade - it won MTN’s “Business App of the Year” award in 2013, shortly after its launch.

How to become a SnapScan user

To use SnapScan as a payment method, you will need a South African SIM and an eCommerce-enabled debit or debit card.

  1. Download the app from the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store

  2. Sign up

  3. Load your card(s)

  4. Create a PIN code to authenticate transactions

How to pay using SnapScan

You can pay in several ways using SnapScan:

  1. Scan SnapCodes (QR codes) to pay in shops and at other vendors

  2. Scan the ShowCode from your app to in-store cameras (where applicable)

  3. Click on SnapLinks received via text or instant messenger

  4. Buy prepaid vouchers right from your app

Deposits and withdrawals using SnapScan

Making a deposit at a mobile online casino is quick and easy using SnapScan:

  1. Head to the casino’s “Cashier” section

  2. Select SnapScan from the available payment methods

  3. Enter the amount you wish to deposit

  4. The platform will generate a QR code

  5. Scan the QR code in your SnapScan app

  6. The casino will confirm if the transaction succeeded

You can’t use SnapScan to withdraw money from your online casino account.

Online casinos where you can use SnapScan

CasinoMinimum depositMaximum depositProcessing time
FafabetNot specifiedNot specifiedInstant
YesPlayR20Not specifiedInstant

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SnapScan FAQ

What are the fees for SnapScan?

Buyers are not charged for paying via SnapScan.

What casinos support SnapScan deposits?

At the time of writing, only Fafabet and EasyBet are the South African casinos that support deposits via SnapScan.

Is SnapScan the same as Zapper?

No, SnapScan and Zapper, although they offer similar services, are two different companies.

Who created SnapScan?

SnapScan was founded in 2013 by Kobus Ehlers and Malan Joubert.

Does Standard Bank own SnapScan?

Yes, Standard Bank owns a majority share in SnapScan’s parent company Firepay.

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