A retrieval request is a demand for additional information, which may precede a dispute. A retrieval request occurs when a shopper asks their issuing bank for detailed information about a specific transaction on their account.
The shopper usually makes a retrieval request because they don’t understand or recognize the charge, or because they suspect fraud on their account. The shopper’s issuing bank will then request proof of what occurred in the transaction.
Once the shopper’s issuing bank files a retrieval request, Bolt will reach out to the merchant to gather the appropriate information. Merchants must respond within the specified timeframe.
Use the following list when compiling a reply to the shopper’s request. Remember that the information you provide should be as descriptive as possible. The more information you provide and the more accurate your descriptions are, the less likely a chargeback will arise.
Failure to respond to a retrieval request can automatically trigger a chargeback and may disqualify a merchant from disputing the chargeback.
After the merchant responds to the retrieval request, the shopper may be satisfied with the information and request no further action, or the shopper may decide to file a chargeback formally. If the shopper files a chargeback, Bolt will follow our standard chargeback process.
The merchant response timeline for retrieval requests varies by the card issuer. It is important to always respond to a retrieval request as quickly and thoroughly as possible to limit the likelihood of a chargeback.
A customer begins a chargeback dispute by calling their bank asking for a refund. For non-fraud chargebacks, the bank is typically a last resort; they’ll often attempt to reach your business first to resolve the dispute. To that end, great customer service is your best prevention strategy for non-fraud chargebacks.
When the customer initiates the dispute, Bolt receives a notification. Once a day, the Bolt Risk Team reviews all notifications and determines whether the liability for the chargeback resides with Bolt or with the merchant based on Bolt’s chargeback liability criteria.
If the liability resides with Bolt (usually in the case of fraudulent chargebacks), Bolt will assume responsibility for all fees and costs associated with the chargeback.
Typically, no action is needed from the merchant. However, Bolt may need to request shipping documentation from the merchant to assist in fighting the dispute. Relevant documentation must be sent to Bolt Merchant Support prior to the reply-by date.
If the merchant does not have or does not send the requested shipping documentation, the merchant may assume responsibility for a Bolt-liable chargeback.
Read how to win a chargeback in our merchant guide.
If the liability resides with the merchant (usually in the case of non-fraudulent chargebacks), several actions will occur:
If you are booking a transaction on behalf of your customer (i.e. phone orders), we highly recommend using the Virtual Terminal rather than booking through your website checkout. Bolt charges only processing fees on orders placed through the Virtual Terminal, and does not charge a Bolt fee. Orders placed through the website checkout will be charged both the processing fee and the Bolt fee, and the merchant is liable for any chargebacks.
After reviewing the chargeback dispute and collecting any necessary documentation, Bolt submits the documentation to the issuing bank to represent the merchant in the dispute. If the merchant wins, Bolt returns the chargeback amount and the fee to the merchant.
Even if the merchant wins, customers may disagree with the conclusion and re-initiate the chargeback. This moves the dispute into pre-arbitration. In this scenario, Bolt debits the merchant again. The merchant will need to provide additional evidence and documentation to Bolt to win the dispute.
Merchants that have <20 merchant-liable disputes per month are eligible to apply for Bolt’s Non-Fraud Chargeback Consultancy program.
Merchants that do not use Bolt Payments as their processor are considered gateway merchants. Chargeback reimbursements are handled differently for gateway merchants depending on their setup.
Most gateway setups require Bolt to have limited access to your payment processor portal. To grant such permissions, see our Chargeback Representation policy.
Braintree: Reimbursements are deducted from your monthly Bolt invoice once the chargeback reaches a
Stripe: Reimbursements are issued directly into your Stripe account and are initiated immediately upon receiving a Bolt-liable chargeback. Read more about Stripe chargebacks.
The following example is an invoice for a gateway merchant using Braintree as their processor. The Fraud Disputed Chargeback line item is deducted from the total Bolt Platform Fee for that given month.