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Friendly fraud is a menace to online merchants. Find out who’s behind these schemes, and how e-commerce businesses stop them.
Janet does a lot of her shopping online. She recently was laid off from her job though, and money has been tight. She placed a large order for groceries from a well-known retail website and paid for them using her credit card. The groceries arrived safely on her doorstep, but she realized the company hadn’t used a tracking number. After pondering for a bit, she called her credit card company and reported that she never received the items. She initiated a chargeback claim.
What is friendly fraud?
Friendly fraud (also known as chargeback fraud or e-commerce fraud) occurs when a customer like Janet buys an item online using their credit card but then claims the charges are invalid in order to obtain a refund after receiving the goods.
When friendly fraud occurs
- The customer doesn’t recall making the purchase.
- The item received differs from its online description.
- The customer didn’t receive the item they ordered.
- The customer canceled the order but still received the item.
- The customer returned the item but didn’t receive a refund.
Commonly, a physical card isn’t present in cases of friendly fraud. Instead, customers like Janet shop online or with a call center agent. In these cases, it often is hard for the merchant to prove receipt of the purchase if a chargeback situation occurs. This is called a “card-not-present” (CNP) chargeback.
In 2017, CNP fraud was so difficult to prove that U.S. companies lost a total of $4 billion to it. Furthermore, the loss is predicted to reach $6.4 billion by 2021, largely due to the surging popularity of online shopping.
Banks are also making the chargeback process relatively easy for consumers, who can file the chargeback with the financial institution instead of dealing with the merchant directly to receive a refund. They also tend to side with the customer, which makes it difficult for the merchant to prove fraudulent intention.
In addition to the lost dollars from the items charged back (like Janet’s groceries), it’s important to note that the merchant also often has to pay additional costs such as chargeback and processing fees and shipping costs – not to mention the cost of the lost >> READ MORE