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What Is A Chargeback?

A chargeback is a charge that is returned to a payment card holder after a customer successfully disputes an item on their account statement or transactions report. A chargeback may occur on visa debit and mastercard cards (and the underlying bank account) or on credit cards. Chargebacks can be granted to a cardholder for a variety of reasons.

Chargebacks Explained

In some respects, a chargeback can really be considered a refund as it returns a specific amount of money which was taken from an account for a previous purchase.

Chargebacks can often take several days for full settlement as they must be reversed through an electronic process involving multiple steps.

Charges can be disputed for many reasons. A cardholder may have been charged by a merchant for items they never received, a merchant could have duplicated a charge by mistake, a technical issue may have caused a mistaken charge, or a cardholder’s card information may have been compromised.

How to Prevent Chargebacks

As a merchant you can take steps to prevent chargebacks from happening. These include:

  • For in person purchases or transactions, try to always obtain a customer signature

  • Require a valid government-issued ID before every credit card purchase, and keep proof of all “card not present” credit card orders

  • If you’re taking online orders, be sure to use a payment gateway or online payment processor that verifies the AVS on file for the card being used

  • If you send your products to customers, use a delivery service or option that requires a signature upon arrival

  • Train your employees on best practices for both card-present and card-not-present transactions

  • Make sure that you have a clear, easy-to-understand return policy, and that your customers are aware of it

  • Ensure that your business name is recognizable and that it appears as such on your customers’ credit card statements.

  • If you sell items online make sure that the items you sell are accurately described. If they order an item and find that it is not as described, have valid grounds for a chargeback>/li>

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