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5 Successful Chargeback Reversal Tips

Chargeback Reversal

A credit card chargeback is supposed to be a last resort for a customer who has been cheated, mischarged, or mistreated. Consumers have the right to apply to have a credit card payment reversed if they can show they have tried everything possible to resolve their problem with the merchant. Chargebacks damage your company’s standing with the credit card company. They expose you to fines, retentions, and the possible closure of your credit card processing account. You should put in place complaint handling procedures to prevent customer recourse to chargebacks. However, some people are never satisfied and, despite your best efforts, you will sooner or later incur a chargeback. Follow these simple tips to fight and win your chargebacks and win a reversal.


Know why the customer filed the chargeback. The documents associated with the chargeback will tell you exactly why the customer filed the chargeback and the amount of money related to that chargeback. Look up this transaction in your Customer Relationship Management (CRM) software and see if you have made any notes about the respective customer.

New call-to-actionDid the customer make any attempt to contact you? If you provided phone or email support, check the records to see if the customer had communicated with you. If the customer had contacted you, then find out how your team resolved the issue that the customer called or emailed you about.

Research the following information:

  • What did the customer order?
  • Was it delivered in proper condition and on time? Check the tracking number.

Take initiative and communicate with the customer. Call the customer to find out what exactly happened. Find out why the customer is unhappy and ask the customer what you can do to satisfy the customer.


Demonstrating that you behaved reasonably in all your dealings with the customer will help you to win a chargeback reversal.

The bank would require a cover letter when you file your chargeback dispute explaining what exactly happened in the transaction, what actions you had taken to resolve the case, if the customer had contacted you and why you are disputing the chargeback.

Address the specific complaints of the customer in your cover. Also, pay attention to the requirements of any specific cover letter format of the bank involved in the chargeback.


Compelling evidence will be a key element in any chargeback case.

Download the eGuide, 4 Reasons to Hire a Chargeback Management CompanyKeep all your sales receipts filed. If you receive a written complaint, make sure you keep a copy of the letter you receive from the customer together with a copy of your reply and any original sales documentation, such as invoices, receipts, and guarantees. If the communication occurs in-person or over the phone, make a record of the conversation. Record the date and time of the encounter, the names of those involved, and an accurate summary of the conversation. If you arrived at an agreement with the customer, record that information.

File the cover letter along with a copy of the invoice, delivery confirmation, refund policy, product shipment/tracking information and any customer service notes. If your CRM shows that the billing and shipping addresses of the customer match, file the AVS match also. Make sure that the reference number for the chargeback dispute is displayed on all documents.

Document submission

Upload all documents online or fax them to the bank. After 7 to 10 business days, follow up with the bank regarding the status of the chargeback dispute.

After the dispute process is complete, make sure to blacklist the customer, who filed the dispute, in your system so that the specific customer does not process a transaction with your business and file a chargeback in the future.

Hire professionals

Even if you are a sole trader, you don’t have to do everything yourself. Hire a chargeback management company to win chargeback disputes for you so you can focus on growing your business. An agency charges a percentage of your chargeback wins. The two biggest incentive to win chargeback reversals are your profits and your reputation. Partnering with a reputable chargeback management company helps you recover your lost revenue and maintaining the reputation of your business.

If you follow the tips listed in this article, you have increased your chances of winning your chargebacks and increasing your profits.

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