How do I reduce the chances of a dispute?

Suggestions to Reduce Disputes

  • Early Settlement — the customer may contact you to clarify the charge on their card. Have an open discussion with them to try and reach an amicable settlement before a dispute is processed. If this results in a refund, ensure they provide written evidence of their request to withdraw the dispute claim.
  • Evidence — the banks will want to see signed evidence to show that the ‘true’ cardholder authorised or participated in the transaction. Exercise due diligence and always assess a customer’s validity before shipping/releasing goods or services.

When shipping Physical Goods

  • Use a reputable courier engaged to make the delivery and use a courier that does not allow shipping re-routes.
  • Ensure delivery is to a physical address. Never send deliveries to a hotel, motel or GPO Box.
  • Ensure that the person making the delivery does in fact deliver the goods to a person inside the premises.
  • Obtain a signature wherever possible on delivery.

When managing card not present transactions or online transactions

  • Obtain the credit card number, name of the bank, expiry date, full name, address and contact phone numbers, including landline contacts.
  • Conduct a telephone directory check on the details provided to verify name and telephone number.
  • Confirm the order by calling the landline number provided and/or send confirmation of the order to the billing address, not the shipping address.
  • Do not continue to attempt authorisation or split a transaction after receiving a decline.
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