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Visa Chargeback Reason Code 62

Chargeback Reason Code 62: Counterfeit Transaction

In general, the Visa reason codes are pretty easy to understand. The titles aptly describe what went wrong with the transaction. However, some aren’t as self-explanatory as others. Visa chargeback reason code 62 is one situation where the explanation might not be totally clear.

Visa Chargeback Reason Code 62 Explained

Cardholders can file a counterfeit transaction chargeback if they didn’t participate in the transaction. This reason code applies to card-present (or face-to-face) transactions.

Unlike card-not-present fraud where the criminal only has to access the credit card number, a counterfeit transaction requires an actual card to swipe. The fraudster will alter the account information on a card to facilitate this counterfeit transaction. Sometimes, hackers acquire credit card information and then manufacture their own replica card with the stolen data.


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Common Causes for Counterfeit Transaction Chargebacks

There are only two reasons why a counterfeit transaction chargeback would come about:

  1. The merchant failed to notice signs the card had been tampered with.
  2. The merchant received authorization for the transaction, but the approval wasn’t based on all the required information.

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Disputing Reason Code 62 Chargebacks

As is the case with any fraud-related credit card chargeback, the representment options are somewhat limited.

  • If the card was swiped and the transaction authorized, send a copy of the sales receipt to the acquiring bank.
  • If the merchant received authorization for the transaction but it was based on insufficient data, accept the chargeback.
  • If the card had been tampered with and a counterfeit transaction did occur, accept the chargeback.

Preventing Visa Chargeback Reason Code 62

Chargeback management is two-fold. If there aren’t many representment options, prevention is especially important.

Here are some ways to help prevent Visa chargeback reason code 62.

  • Avoid the credit card processing fallback options whenever possible. For example, a chip-and-PIN EMV card should not be swiped or key entered unless absolutely necessary.
  • Always make a manual imprint for key entered transactions.
  • Make sure the authorization is based on all the essential transaction information.
  • Always check the credit card account information. The first four embossed digits of the credit card number should match the four digits printed below.
  • Check to see if the embossed account number matches what appears on the terminal after swiping or dipping the card.
  • Blurry or uneven account numbers could mean the card has been tampered with.
  • Watch the shopper’s behavior. If the shopper is acting suspicious, it might be a sign there is something inappropriate happening.
  • Carefully monitor self-checkout kiosks. These are prime opportunities for fraudsters to commit counterfeit transactions if employees aren’t checking card security features.
  • Train employees to on how to perform a code 10 authorization request. A phone call, with yes-no questions, will help the employee detect potential fraud safely.

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