Disputes, Chargebacks and Fraud Protection

Disputes, Chargebacks and Fraud Protection

Learn everything you need to know about managing disputes, including how the process works and tips for avoiding disputes in the first place.


About Card Member disputes


A dispute occurs when a Card Member contacts American Express to question a charge on their statement that they don't recognise. A chargeback occurs when, after investigation of the dispute, we debit your account for the amount of the disputed transaction and credit the Card Member with this amount. There are simple steps you can take to minimise the chances of a dispute and chargeback happening.




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Ways to avoid disputes




Managing disputes




If a dispute cannot be resolved directly with the Card Member, you'll receive a 'Request for Information' letter outlining your requirements.







Respond by the required date by post fax or online. Otherwise we may deduct the amount of the transaction from your Merchant account.







After we reach a final decision, either the Card Member pays the charge, or your account is debited by the required amount. 





To sign up to manage disputes online, register here


Fraud Prevention and Protection



American Express offers a suite of fraud tools including Verify It, American Express SafeKey® and Accertify Fraud Management that are designed to help your business minimise fraudulent transactions.





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