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Chargeback Insurance, Protection, & Prevention: What’s the difference?

Written by
Don Hamilton
Published on
March 18, 2024


Do chargebacks drain your revenue?

Three primary solutions are available: chargeback insurance, chargeback protection, and chargeback prevention.

Although these three terms are often used interchangeably, important distinctions exist between them. I’ll make these differences clear in this article.

Let’s look at chargeback insurance, chargeback prevention, and the best ways to prevent chargebacks to increase your revenue, reputation, and security.

What Good is Chargeback Insurance?

Chargeback insurance works like most other insurance. You pay a fee monthly, annually, or per transaction, and under certain circumstances, you can get your money back when you receive a chargeback.

Chargeback insurance is only available for Card-Not-Present (CNP) transactions.

If a brick-and-mortar store processes a transaction with a physical card (Card-Present), it doesn’t need chargeback insurance. It is legally protected from fraud liabilities.

This protection does not extend to CNP transactions.

Because of this exposure, insurance companies sell policies that mitigate a merchant’s online CNP fraud losses.

The trick is to find insurance policies that cover the kind of chargeback fraud you will likely get based on your market and customer base.

The Downsides of Chargeback Insurance

It’s important to know this about chargeback insurance: it only covers criminal fraud. There is no friendly fraud insurance.

If the cardholder files a fraudulent dispute—intentional fraud or not—your insurance won’t reimburse you. Your losses are not covered. You lose revenue, and you pay chargeback fees on top of that.

Your chargeback ratio also goes up. If it increases too much, you pay stiffer penalties until it is reduced. Additional fines can range up to $75,000 per month for extreme cases.

Finding the Right Chargeback Insurance

Finding the best chargeback insurance for your needs takes thought and research. Policies change frequently, and many vendors happily sell you their coverage. They can be expensive.

Insurance rates are based on risk factors. What are yours?

Take the time to assess your risk levels. What industry are you in? Some, like electronics, digital goods, and high-ticket services with recurring billing, are at a higher risk level.

  • If you have a high volume of transactions, your risk is much higher.
  • If your current chargeback rate is high, you are looking at higher fees for coverage.

These risk factors help you estimate whether you will pay low, average, or high rates for your chargeback insurance.

What Good is Chargeback Protection?

Chargeback protection is a broader safety net. It includes services and guarantees provided by payment processors, banks, or third-party vendors to protect the merchant from financial repercussions from chargebacks after they happen.

Note: After they happen.

Insurance is a component of chargeback protection. It is part of the safety net for post-chargeback revenue losses. It adds an additional layer of security. If chargebacks have already occurred, the financial risks are managed effectively.

Types of Chargeback Protection

An entire range of tools is available for chargeback protection.

Insurance is one of them. Here are several more.

Fraud detection tools: Advanced technology and AI analyse transaction patterns and flag potential fraud.

Address Verification Service (AVS): This real-time tool compares the customer’s billing address with that on file with the credit card issuer.

Card Verification Value (CVV) Checks: The customer must enter the three-digit CVV code found on the credit card.

3D Secure Authentication: An authentication step to confirm the customer’s identity.

PCI DSS Compliance: The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard protects cardholder data from security breaches.

Chargeback Alerts: A crucial early-warning system provided by networks like Visa, Verifi, and Ethoca alerts merchants to disputed transactions before they become chargebacks. Effective third-party chargeback prevention platforms like use this system.

What Good is Chargeback Prevention?

No reputational damage or revenue loss can occur if a potential chargeback situation is identified and prevented. This is what chargeback prevention is all about—stopping chargebacks before they happen.

Note: Before they happen.

Like insurance and protection, chargeback prevention is a significant part of your overall chargeback strategy.

Intelligent tools and services that prevent chargebacks are available from the card networks and specialised third-party vendors.

Our service,, offers a comprehensive platform for chargeback prevention. We utilise dual alert mechanisms based on our own data analysis and external chargeback alerts from networks like Visa and Mastercard.

The process is intelligent, fast, and takes place in real time.

ChargebackStop’s platform monitors your transactions 24 hours a day, every day.

When we detect or are alerted to a potential chargeback situation, we automate the steps needed to prevent the chargeback.

You will receive a notification. If your input is required, you are presented with the relevant options, such as an immediate refund to the customer. Just click to approve the action, and it will be taken on your behalf.

That’s all the time and effort it takes.

Looking Forward

Chargeback insurance, protection, and prevention are all necessary in today’s online world. Investing in prevention is the best way to save on insurance and protection.

ChargebackStop reduces your chargebacks by 99%.

To see our chargeback prevention platform in action, visit and sign up for a free demo.

Do you still have questions? We’re happy to help you figure all this stuff out.

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FAQ: Chargeback Insurance, Protection, & Prevention

How does chargeback protection differ from insurance?

Chargeback protection includes services and tools aimed at preventing or reducing the incidence of chargebacks, whereas insurance provides financial reimbursement after a chargeback occurs.

What is friendly fraud, and is it covered?

Friendly fraud occurs when a customer wrongfully disputes a legitimate charge; most insurance policies do not cover this.

Do all businesses need chargeback insurance?

It’s most beneficial for businesses in high-risk industries or those with a high volume of credit card transactions.

Can implementing strong customer authentication affect chargebacks?

Yes, it can significantly reduce chargebacks by ensuring that the legitimate cardholder authorises transactions.

How do chargeback alert systems work?

They notify merchants of disputed transactions in real time, allowing them to address the issue directly with the customer before it escalates into a chargeback.