Merchant Account Credit Card Processing

  Merchant Account Credit Card Processing  - How to dispute a faulty credit card bill and claim a chargeback  - Jun 18, 2007  

Credit cards are increasingly being used for offline and online shopping. With this rapidly growing phenomenon there are reports of credit card misuse and shopping fraud which might require disputing a particular credit card bill.

A person can dispute his credit card bill in two ways. First, when he hasn't bought anything and the actual purchase or billing on the credit card was done by someone else fraudulently or it simply got there by mistake. In second case the credit card holder purchases something (usually online) and when he receives the product he finds it substandard, defective, or simply a wrong shipment. In both the cases credit card holders can get their amount back because they were duped in one way or another.

The process of disputing a fraudulent or unworthy credit card bill is pretty simple. A very basic thing such as keeping record of every transaction that you make until things get satisfactory or they show correctly on your billing statements, helps tremendously in this process.

In the first case where you find that someone has fraudulently billed your credit card, contact the credit card company as soon as you receive any such communication. Talk to the credit card company representative, keep a record of the communication. Tell them that you didn't purchase that thing, and it is a faulty statement. Most of the credit card companies will simply revert the process. Because the credit card fraud liability in US is $50, that's all you owe, and if you have a good relationship with the credit card company this fee is also waived.

In second case when you get a damaged, incorrect or substandard product. Contact the merchant and tell him about the problem, keep a record of every complaint and conversation. If possible interact with the merchant in writing. If the response is positive and the merchant agrees to replace back the product, things are settled. Otherwise contact the credit card company and tell them about your problem. Enclose the copies of complaint and details of defective product. Ask them for a chargeback. All the big credit card companies favour the customer whenever there is a complaint. So, in most of the cases you will get a chargeback.

Being cautious while using credit card and not allowing them to fall into wrong hands will help you avoid any credit card faulty billings. Reading your credit card monthly statements carefully, and checking them against actual purchases will help you find out the wrong statements and dispute them instantly.

  Merchant Account Credit Card Processing  - 5 major drawbacks of bad credit credit card  - May 7, 2007  

With a bad credit and less than perfect credit history, getting a credit card with competitive features is not that easy. In this article we take a look at the 5 major drawbacks that come with a bad credit credit card.

1. High APR

With a bad credit credit card the interest rates are reasonably higher. Forget those 0% intro APRs- they rarely come with a bad credit credit card. So, keep your credit card balances low, to stop this high APR from burning a hole in your pocket.

2. One time processing fee

Some credit card companies charge a processing fee for people with bad credit who apply for credit card. This is generally charged by credit card companies due to the credit checks, other formalities and risk involved in providing a credit card to bad credit people. If you are going for a secured bad credit credit card then this fees can be waived, otherwise it has to be paid. The catch here is that credit card companies demand upfront payment of processing fee. But, a wise credit card consumer will find a credit card company which charges the fees to the credit card not demands cash in advance.

3. High annual fee

Keeping the bad credit credit card is definitely going to cost a lot in terms of annual fees depending on the credit report it can go in hundreds of dollars per annum. Bad credit credit cards with 0 annual fees offer is very difficult to find.

4. High late payment fee

Late payment with a bad credit credit card is severely penalized. The credit card companies charge heavy late payment penalties on repayment default and are very quick in reporting the default to credit rating agencies with a bad credit credit card.

5. Lower credit limits

Since, the credit card companies face increased risk in providing credit card to bad credit people, therefore the credit limits are lower. The credit limits can be increased with secured bad credit credit card and proper repayment of credit card balances.

These 5 factors related with bad credit credit cards increase the cost of owning one. Comparing various credit card offers, especially, when you have a bad credit will help you lower the interest and fees burden of a bad credit credit card.

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