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Last year, the EMV standard officially went into effect across the United States. The purpose of this standard is to reduce credit card fraud for transactions made in a retail setting. The physical trait that sets EMV cards apart from others is instead of swiping, the card is actually inserted into a terminal. Although this technology is still relatively new in the United States, it’s already having a positive effect on reducing in-store fraud. A recent story from USA Today stated that some of the biggest merchants are seeing a dip of more than 18% in counterfeit transactions. By comparison, a sample group of merchants who were not yet equipped to handle chip-enabled cards saw an increase in fraudulent transactions of 11.4%. The Current Shortcoming of EMV Cards Data from the US and other countries around the world where EMV has already been the standard for several years makes it clear that this technology is a reliable way to combat fraud. However, that doesn’t mean it’s flawless. Both merchants and consumers have complained about certain aspects of EMV. The most… Read more

There are a variety of reasons why chargebacks can happen. The best way for a merchant to reduce chargebacks is to understand those specific reasons. Once you know exactly why a chargeback may occur, you can take targeted steps to reduce them. The 6 Most Common Reasons Chargebacks Occur 1. Cardholder Dispute: If a customer files a dispute saying they never received a product or it wasn’t in the condition they were expecting, it can lead to a chargeback. 2. Cancellation or Return: A customer cancelling their purchase or making a return can result in a chargeback. 3. Authorization Issues: A chargeback can occur if proper authorization protocol wasn’t followed and a valid authorization was never obtained. 4. Fraud: A transaction that takes place but is actually fraudulent will likely be resolved as a chargeback. 5. Non-Receipt of Information: Failing to respond to a retrieval request or cardholder means the transaction won’t be recognized. 6. Processing Error: A chargeback that falls into this category is the result of an error processing a transaction or a mistake billing it. Reducing Chargebacks… Read more

There are nearly 2 million events in the US each year that generate billions of dollars. While conferences and events are big business, they also require a lot of hard work. If you’re a new conference or event organizer, you may feel like you’re trying to tackle a never-ending to-do list. As a leading online source of credit card processing information, we want to help you out by covering what you need to know about handling ticket sales, as well as payment processing options at the event itself: Work with a Processor That Has Great Customer Service Ticket sales are a very important part of any event. If you’ve done a great job of promoting your event, there will be a large number of purchases as soon as your tickets go on sale. Because of this rush, it’s important to have a processing company with easy to contact customer service. Even if everything goes well, you can find stories online about event organizers having their funds held or frozen as a result of this swift influx. Working with a reliable… Read more

As a business owner, fraudulent transactions are an issue that you’re going to encounter at some point. Although fraud can be a stressful subject to think about, it’s something you need to be aware of. By knowing the most common signs of fraudulent credit card transactions, as well as understanding the types of fraud prevention tools that are available from credit card processors, you can best protect your business from any serious problems. How to Spot a Fraudulent Credit Card Transaction It’s important to note that some forms of credit card fraud can be quite sophisticated. However, the majority of fraudulent transactions share one or more common traits. We’re going to cover both online and offline transactions. For transactions that occur online, the first sign of fraud is a mismatch between shipping and billing addresses. This mismatch may be for a completely legitimate reason like someone having a product shipped to their office. But if the mismatch is across different states or even countries, you should look into the transaction before shipping. The second related sign of fraud is if… Read more

Although 83% of American households still pay for cable television, that percentage is much lower among millennials. Forgoing cable and instead opting for cord-cutting services like Netflix, Hulu or Sling TV is just one example of how this generation is behaving differently than others. While there’s currently no consensus on exact start and end dates for this generation, most definitions of millennials fall into the span of birth years ranging from the early 1980s to around 2000. Given that the majority of US households still have a cable TV subscription, why are cable companies pouring billions of dollars into new media outlets and initiatives? The simple answer is those companies recognize that millennials are already a significant influence on consumption patterns and will only continue to increase over time. It’s the same reason that businesses across numerous other industries are paying close attention to how this generation is shopping and paying. The Ways Millennials Are Shopping and Paying Not every member of the millennial generation had access to the Internet from the start of childhood. But that doesn’t change the… Read more