Chargebacks Glossary

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Check Verification

Check verification is a critical step for merchants and financial institutions to validate the authenticity of personal or business checks before accepting them as payment. It involves thoroughly verifying different aspects of the check, such as the account holder's identity, account number, and available funds. 

Before this step was implemented, bounced checks and check scams were fairly common and led to severe revenue losses for merchants and banks. Check verification significantly reduces the risks associated with fraudulent and counterfeit checks, ensuring smoother transactions while minimizing potential losses.

Ultimately, integrating check verification services into payment processes enhances trust and reliability for all parties involved. This contributes to a safer and more efficient payment ecosystem for everyone involved (banks, merchants, and cardholders).

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