Fraud Protection: Tips to Prevent and Avoid Chargebacks

Durango Merchant Services provides fraud protection and tips to prevent and avoid chargebacks.

As a merchant you know that chargebacks can happen for several reasons. Some of these include fraud, authorization issues, or customer disputes. Chargebacks aren’t always due to an error of the merchant. However, the more information you have about the payment processing procedure the better equipped you will be to prevent this from occurring. Besides suffering a financial loss from chargebacks, getting too many chargebacks increases the possibility of losing your merchant account!

Durango Merchant Services offers the following steps to consider:

Fraud Protection For Card-Present (Mobile or Retail) Merchants:

1. While processing the transaction, hold onto the card! Look the card over and check out the expiration date. Does everything look order? Does everything seem to match up? You should also compare signatures from the back of the card with the receipt the customer signs.

2. Never process a payment transaction if the request for authorization has been declined.

3. Don’t process an expired card.

Fraud Protection For Card-Not-Present (eCommerce or MoTo) Merchants:

4. Unrecognized transactions are the #1 reason for a chargeback from the customer. So make sure that your company name and phone number are clearly on your confirmation page, email follow up and credit card statement. It’s important that customers can clearly recognize their purchase!

5. If a person uses a stolen credit card the chances of them using the correct billing address of the card holder is low. By using AVS (Address Verification System settings) to verify the billing address you may be able to prevent a fraudulent sale.

6. Always be sure to examine all foreign purchases. A stolen card will always result in a chargeback by the original card holder.

7. Require the 3 digit CVV number on the back of the card for every transaction (and setup your payment gateway to require the CVV code to match). Having a CVV match on transactions is important if you need to fight a dispute. Here is a screenshot of the CVV settings available within the Durango gateway:DMS 2011.12.14 22.16.16 030 resized 600
8. Make sure you have a warning message on the order page about IP addresses being logged. This can cut down on fraudulent orders.

9. Review transactions with different “Ship To” and “Bill To” addresses (if you decide to accept a transaction with different billing & shipping addresses, you cannot dispute a chargeback, even if the billing AVS matches).

10. Be mindful of any order that appears suspicious or “too good to be true,” or where a 1st time customer seems to be in an extreme rush. Do your due diligence by attempting to contact the customer by email or phone to investigate.

11. It’s always good practice to plainly post all refund and return policies. This can prevent misunderstandings and disputes which in turn may keep the level of chargebacks at a lower level.

12. We have additional systems that add additional layers of security. You can read more HERE.

If you’re a business owner, it’s important you take these added steps to protect yourself and prevent chargeback!