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Protect your business from fraud

Keep your transactions safe.

Visa card acceptance guidelines

Fraud prevention

Visa offers a variety of materials to support your fraud prevention, security and risk management efforts. Learn the steps to ensure the legitimacy of every Visa card, cardholder and transaction.

Accepting with card present

If you accept cards in person, there are steps you need to take.

Accepting with card absent

Take extra precautions when you can’t see the customer's card. Not all Visa’s card security elements apply to these transactions.

Fraud prevention tools

Use only secure, validated payment applications
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Suspect fraud?

Trust your instincts! If a sale seems too good to be true, it probably is. We hear all too often that what a merchant thought was a great sale turned out to be fraud. So take the time to check out that huge order that is being shipped halfway around the world to a customer with whom you’ve never done business. A little bit of extra work may protect you from being the victim of a fraud scheme.

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