Dispute (credit card)

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In a credit card or debit card account, a dispute is a situation in which a customer questions the validity of a transaction that was registered to the account.

Customers dispute charges for a variety of reasons, including unauthorized charges, excessive charges, failure by the merchant to deliver merchandise, defective merchandise, dissatisfaction with the product(s) or service(s) received, or billing errors. Chargeback fraud, also known as friendly fraud, could occur when the cardholder identifies a purchase on their transaction statement as fraudulent and disputes it. A 2022 study by Ethoca and PYMNTS.com found that 71% of ecommerce transaction disputes were due to service errors.[1]

In the United States, in the event of fraud, the cardholder is liable for a maximum of $50 worth of fraudulent charges.[2] Many card issuers will waive this fee.[3]


  1. ^ "What is Friendly Fraud". Ethoca. December 15, 2020.
  2. ^ 15 U.S.C. § 1643
  3. ^ "Tips to help consumers with disputes on credit card charges - USATODAY.com".