Hotel Third Party Authorization Form Alert

The best hotel third party authorization forms are fully compliant with card brand rules to mitigate chargeback risk, especially for friendly fraud, where cardholder claims they did not authorize the transaction. Fraud liability can be shifted nearly one hundred percent with best practices, plus risk of data breach from employee and other access to card data can be mitigated. Avoid the paper and digital credit card authorization form problems perpetuated by misinformation from people and incorrect internet postings.

Paper credit card authorization forms are dead.

Per Visa Core rule 5.4.2.5, October 2017, a US merchant or its agent must not Request the Card Verification Value 2 data on any paper Order Form. Update, in October 2018, the rule is now in section 5.4.3.1, Merchant Use of Account Number, Cardholder Signature, Card Verification Value 2 (CVV2), or Stored Credential.  I could go on about all the PCI compliance and data breach risk problems related to credit card authorization forms, but because only 3-D secure cardholder authentication, which requires cardholder initiate payment, shifts friendly fraud liability for card not present transactions, there’s no valid reason not to change procedures. Get the cardholder data out of the hands of employees and networks. Secure document services where sensitive cardholder data can be viewed, or decrypted and viewed, for use in another solution are not PCI Compliant.

Web-based third party authorization forms are best for card absent compliance.

More than just PCI compliance, a myriad of rules changes since 2017, and continuing into 2019, impact every hotel. Everyone must change to comply and it’s not automatic. For example, you’re getting a sales deposit, and will definitely or will possibly charge more later. There’s a new set of transaction data standards which include estimate, incremental, and final authorization. While the technical piece is handled by payment gateways, not all have made the modifications required. Additionally, some elements are left to merchants to manage.

  • Comply with Visa 5.8.3.1 Authorization Amount Requirements.  The Merchant must use the Estimated/Initial Authorization Request indicator for the first transaction,
    then the Incremental Authorization Request indicator for interim if applicable, and Final Authorization Request indicator when closing out the transaction; the same Transaction Identifier must be included for all Authorization Requests. Don’t accept an authorization online and then swipe or dip the same card later unless your card present system can tie back to the initial authorization.
  • Stored cards. Are you storing cards for ongoing charges? Comply with Visa Rules Table 5-20: Requirements for Prepayments and Transactions Using Stored Credentials. There are too many variables to list here so I recommend downloading the rules and getting familiar. Two keys when capturing card data for the first time:
    • Obtain express consent per specifications for your refund and cancellation policies, how you’ll use the stored card, when your agreement expires and how the Cardholder will be notified of any changes to the agreement.
    • Perform a cardholder verification either via transaction or zero dollar authorization with the proper indicator.
    • This is a change! Two transactions occur when capturing cardholder data for the first time. Again, technical part can be handled by a payment gateway that supports it, but other elements are left to you.

Hotel third party authorization form solutions.

Contact me for solution that works standalone or integrated with SynXis. Shift friendly fraud liability and potentially qualify transactions for better rates with your existing merchant account. That’s because non-compliance with various rules can result in higher fees.

Here’s some key elements if the initial authorization is not the final authorization. Terminology:

  • PCI compliance- short for Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards. All businesses are mandated to comply with rules which are outlined on the PCI Security Standards Council web site.
  • 3-D secure (3D Secure) is a global XML-based protocol designed to be an additional security layer for online credit and debit card transactions. Each card brand has their own version. For example, Verified by Visa. Merchants register for 3-D Secure with their acquirer; always consult with the payment gateway first for instructions and to confirm they’re registered to offer service. 3-D Secure is invoked automatically by the payment gateway which then based on issuer response may or may not prompt for additional information to authenticate the cardholder.  Friendly fraud liability, “it wasn’t me, I didn’t authorize it”, shifts to the issuer. Because there are many parts to any transaction, including acquirer and issuer communications, plus continually changing rules, it’s possible that it will not be invoked.
  • Link to Visa and all card brand Rules.

Call Christine Speedy, PCI Council QIR certified, for global sales. 954-942-0483, 9-5 ET, CenPOS authorized reseller based out of South Florida and NY. CenPOS is an integrated commerce technology platform driving innovative, omnichannel solutions tailored to meet a merchant’s market needs. Providing a single point of integration, the CenPOS platform combines payment, commerce and value-added functionality enabling merchants to transform their commerce experience, eliminate the need to manage complex integrations, reduce the burden of accepting payments and create deeper customer relationships.

Equipment Rental Credit Card Processing Rules Change

Bobcat, Caterpillar, and other companies that offer rental equipment, all are impacted by new credit card processing rules for rentals. equipment rentals credit card processing

While businesses expect their software, including ERP, Point of Sale, and ecommerce shopping carts to help them manage compliance with credit card acceptance rules, the reality is that many don’t. Compliance increases profits; non-compliance increases new chargeback risks, interchange fees, penalty fees and authorization declines.

Traditional desktop terminals don’t support the new transaction data requirements. If merchant is not using EMV chip device, now is the time to upgrade to a cloud-based solution and fix two problems at once. Rental merchants cannot meet both card acceptance and Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards compliance requirements using traditional paper credit card authorization forms. Cloud technology and a compliant payment gateway are needed. For example, pair the Verifone MX 915 with the CenPOS validated Point to Point Encryption (P2PE) solution and use either a standalone or integrated to ERP such as Microsoft Dynamics AX.

Key elements for compliance:

  • Initial authorization transaction must send new transaction indicator that it’s an estimate; the final amount could change for example because the renter kept it longer or damaged the equipment. This is technically managed by the payment gateway.
  • If applicable, send incremental authorizations with related indicator.
  • If storing the card, the Visa Stored Credential mandate outlines the specific requirements for agreement with customer, cardholder authentication, and procedures to use a stored card on file. For example, perform cardholder authentication with either security code or 3-D Secure. 3-D Secure can only be invoked if the customer self-pays; it shifts friendly fraud liability to the issuer and merchants can also qualify some cards for even lower interchange rates.
  • Update language in agreements for opt-in to terms and conditions as required by Visa.

Card issuers and acquirers were mandated to be compliant in 2017, and merchants by October 2017, however, there’s no mandate for payment gateways. Even if an existing payment gateway supports the new requirements, merchants must make changes. Visa is the most complex, however other brands have similar rules.

From tokenization to Express Checkout, CenPOS creates a seamless commerce experience throughout the enterprise. Innovations, including Express Checkout via text or email, help businesses maximize profit in all departments. CenPOS takes the heavy lifting out of payment acceptance offering a range of solutions that simplify every aspect of implementing, operating and maintaining a payment system enabling merchants to focus on their business. CenPOS Express Checkout via text or email includes 3-D Secure capability as part of a layered security approach.

CenPOS is an integrated commerce technology platform driving innovative, omnichannel solutions tailored to meet a merchant’s market needs. Providing a single point of integration, the CenPOS platform combines payment, commerce and value-added functionality enabling merchants to transform their commerce experience, eliminate the need to manage complex integrations, reduce the burden of accepting payments and create deeper customer relationships. Powered by its enterprise-class, end-to-end transaction engine, CenPOS’ secure, cloud-based solutions seamlessly integrate with a merchants existing infrastructure minimizing disruption and saving time and money. Committed to a merchant-centric approach CenPOS provides a one-to-one level of service and support, enabling merchants to focus on their core business.

Headquartered in Miami, Florida, CenPOS is reshaping the future of commerce through technology innovation and the secure, flexible and simple solutions this enables. Christine Speedy, CenPOS Global Sales, 954-942-0483.

Reference:

https://usa.visa.com/dam/VCOM/global/support-legal/documents/stored-credential-transaction-framework-vbs-10-may-17.pdf

See also core rules, especially section 5 https://usa.visa.com/dam/VCOM/download/about-visa/visa-rules-public.pdf

American Express SafeKey Video and B2B tips

American Express SafeKey® leverages the global industry standard, 3-D Secure®*, to detect and reduce online fraud by adding an extra layer of security when Card Members shop online. Merchant and customer experience answers in this article.

American Express SafeKey

 

How does Amex SafeKey impact the customer shopping experience? The cardholder may have some or no difference in the checkout experience, based on many factors, including prior online shopping history. The cardholder may be asked authentication question(s) to confirm it’s really the cardholder.

How does Amex SafeKey impact merchants?

  • Fraud liability for “It wasn’t me, I didn’t authorize it” goes away as liability shifts back to the issuer.
  • For business to business, where cardholder billing and shipping address frequently vary, cardholder authentication plays an important role not available with four digit CID security code validation only.
  • At this writing, American Express merchants do not receive a specific interchange discount as may be available with other card brands.

How can merchants adopt the Amex SafeKey service?

  1. Enroll your company on the American Express web site. https://network.americanexpress.com/globalnetwork/safekey/us/en/merchants-acquirers
  2. Receive e-mail from SafeKey Certification Team with your SafeKey ID and next steps.
  3. SafeKey Certification Team gets approval from Acquirer.
  4. Acquirer and SafeKey Certification Team complete required setup.
  5. Activate 3-D Secure on the application. (Ecommerce shopping cart, payment gateway, or ERP.) Both payment gateway and application must support the service.

* 3-D Secure is a registered trademark of Visa International Service Association in the United States and other countries.

Have a question about how to add to your business? Contact CenPOS global sales and integrations reseller, Christine Speedy, 954-942-0483 for more information.

Credit Card Testing Explosion Hurts Merchants Profits

If you accept payments online, have you hardened security to protect from card testing? Card testing is a big criminal business. They’re sophisticated and use hardware and software that can send thousands of stolen credit card data in less than an hour to your payment portal or ecommerce shopping cart before you even know you’ve been hit.

Brute-force authorization attacks can be very expensive for merchants. For every attempted authorization, merchants pay a payment gateway fee, plus a fee to the merchant services processor (acquirer).

Example:

  • $.30 per transaction gateway
  • $.10 per transaction processor
  • 20,000 cards tested @$.40= $8,000

There’s no getting back the $8,000. The gateway and processor passed the data you gave them. In the event orders are approved, there’s the additional cost of lost product shipped and the associated chargeback fee. Then there’s the cost of damaged brand reputation from cardholders who voice on social media, where it lives on forever, how their card was used unauthorized.

How can merchants protect online payments from card testers?  Google reCAPTCHA is a free service that protects your website from spam and abuse. reCAPTCHA can prevent bots from submitting a transaction that you’ll pay for. For most shopping carts, it’s the payment gateway that must support reCAPTCHA. If the integration does not include reCAPTCHA or similar service, merchants might want to review if their gateway is compliant with current rules acceptance in general.

Protecting against both bots and fraudulent transactions is tricky.

Fifteen percent of all cardholders have had at least one transaction unnecessarily declined in the previous 12 months, according to a 2015 study by Javelin.

Unnecessary declines are also called False Positives. Cardholder authentication is a layer of security to protect against fraudulent purchasing, increasing approvals and reducing False Positives. 3-D Secure is a global XML protocol for Cardholder Authentication; The card brands each has their own name- Verified by Visa, Amex Safekey, MasterCard SecureCode. Benefits of 3-D Secure include automation, shifting liability to card issuers without manual review of orders, increased approvals, and sometimes reduced Visa and MasterCard interchange fees.

Which payment gateways support recaptcha and Cardholder authentication?

reCAPTCHA is easy to implement, just check with your payment gateway provider or web developer. 3-D Secure is quick, easy and requires a few steps:

  • Confirm your payment gateway is 3-D Secure certified for your credit card processor (merchant services provider or acquirer). Ask which are certified: Verified by Visa, Amex Safekey, MasterCard SecureCode. Some have certifications, some don’t.
  • If there’s an application such as a shopping cart or e-invoicing, confirm the payment gateway integration will support 3-D Secure.
  • Contact your acquirer and ask them to register your merchant account for 3-D Secure. Some can, some can’t. It’s usually done in a day.
  • Turn on 3-D Secure in the payment gateway.

FAQ

Is there a cost for reCAPTCHA? No, it’s free from Google. If your payment gateway supports reCAPTCHA, it may just need to be activated on your account, no programming needed. Contact your payment gateway support or check their FAQ to find out.

Is there a cost to register for 3-D Secure? That’s up to the individual company doing the registration. Costs start at $0.

Is there an ongoing cost to use 3-D Secure? Yes, and it’s up to the individual company offering the service. Costs typically range from $.075 to $.30 per attempted authorization.

If hit by a card tester, can I negotiate to reduce fees? It’s unlikely because services were delivered as per your agreements.

Christine Speedy, authorized CenPOS reseller, provides universal payment processing solutions, including reCAPTCHA and 3-D Secure cardholder authentication, to maximize merchant profits and mitigate risk across multiple sales channels. Contact Christine at 954-942-0483. 

American Express Launches SafeKey to Help Protect Merchants and Cardmembers from Online Fraud

American Express’ adoption of Visa’s 3-D Secure Protocol for SafeKey adds momentum for 3-D Secure as a global industry standard for internet authentication.

LONDON,  November 5, 2010 — 

American Express today announced the launch of American Express SafeKey(SM) , an online fraud prevention solution, licensing Visa’s 3-D Secure Protocol.

3-D Secure is the technology that powers authentication services provided by payment brands around the world. It continues to be embraced by the payments industry as a global standard for payment authentication. American Express, a global payments network, will adopt 3-D Secure for Internet payment authentication, joining Visa and other international payment brands in endorsing a technology standard for secure Internet payment.

“American Express is committed to combating fraud for our merchants and cardmembers who transact online. American Express SafeKey is a new tool that will augment our fraud prevention solutions,” said Suzan Kereere, Senior Vice President of Global Network Operations for American Express. “As part of our commitment to global technology standards, American Express SafeKey was designed using 3-D Secure specifications to ensure industry-consistent processes and functionality.”

“We are pleased with American Express’ decision to license the 3-D Secure Protocol and we think this is a positive development for the industry and eCommerce. This reaffirms the position of 3-D Secure as the Internet authentication standard of choice,” said Jim McCarthy, Global Head of Product for Visa.

Visa and American Express support the development of global, open standards and recognize that a global authentication standard supports the continued growth of e-commerce. Visa continues to work with other industry leaders to accelerate the global adoption of 3-D Secure and welcomes industry participation in further expanding the global deployment of the 3-D Secure specification for Internet security and authentication. Using open authentication standards is an important and welcome step for the payments industry and the online marketplace.

American Express will enable SafeKey in Singapore and the UK on 8 November 2010 and begin working with merchants and card issuers in these markets to roll out the technology.

About American Express SafeKey
American Express SafeKey is a fraud prevention solution specifically designed to help protect American Express merchants and Cardmembers from fraudulent online transactions. The tool helps reduce unauthorized online use before it happens by confirming the Cardmember’s identity with an additional password. Cardmembers enroll in the authentication program through their card issuing bank to receive an added layer of protection. Participating merchants display the American Express SafeKey logo during online checkout offering shoppers an extra layer of security.

About American Express
American Express is a global services company, providing customers with access to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business success. Learn more at americanexpress.com and connect with us on facebook.com/americanexpress, twitter.com/americanexpress and youtube.com/americanexpress.

About Visa
Visa is a global payments technology company that connects consumers, businesses, financial institutions and governments in more than 200 countries and territories to fast, secure and reliable digital currency. Underpinning digital currency is one of the world’s most advanced processing networks – VisaNet – that is capable of handling more than 10,000 transactions a second, with fraud protection for consumers and guaranteed payment for merchants. Visa is not a bank and does not issue cards, extend credit or set rates and fees for consumers. Visa’s innovations, however, enable its financial institution customers to offer consumers more choices: pay now with debit, ahead of time with prepaid or later with credit products. For more information, visit www.corporate.visa.com.

3-D Secure is a registered trademark of Visa International Service Association in the United States and other countries.