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Can you ban pre-paid credit cards?

Is there a way?

     
7:07 pm on May 18, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Is it possible to block pre-paid credit cards you can buy at supermarkets or simon malls?
10:18 pm on May 18, 2008 (gmt 0)

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You can automatically reject the card if the AVS doesn't return an exact match on the billing address. You should be rejecting those anyway. That should block 99% of those cards, as they usually don't have the billing address.
5:03 pm on May 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

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except that on a lot of them you can just put in whatever address you want online...
7:57 pm on May 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

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If that's the case then they probably can't be blocked. If the AVS comes back as a match and you've shipped to the billing address then the risk is probably pretty low.
8:07 pm on May 19, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Why do you want to block them?
12:30 am on May 20, 2008 (gmt 0)

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you need to identify the BIN # (first 6 digits) and create a BIN rule to reject them
12:37 am on May 20, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Do a pre-auth for $500, whatever your actual value is. That'll blow the limit for 99% of those pre-paid cards and it'll fail. Be sure to cancel or immediately charge for customers for whom the $500 works as otherwise your legitimate customers will unexpectedly have $500 credit tied up.

If the AVS comes back as a match and you've shipped to the billing address...
...and have signed-for delivery then you can usually fight a chargeback without problems.
8:14 pm on May 20, 2008 (gmt 0)

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Why do you want to block them?

I don't know about the OP's situation but many merchants use the possession of a valid credit card as proof of age. That includes legit age restricted products like alcohol, not just "adult" material. One of the reasons for pre-pay cards is to give minors access to eccommerce.
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The purpose is because my product is a recurring membership and we pay out affiliates more than the first month payment. I am afraid some might try to scam me for the initial payment and then unable to charge for future months.
10:31 am on May 22, 2008 (gmt 0)

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It might be easier to change your affiliate terms so that you pay out after the first renewal rather than on joining.

My ISP has a similar scheme and don't pay out until the member has maintained their account for 3 months.

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You can credit funds to the affiliate account, but not allow payment for another two months. Any cancellations during that period result in the credit being revoked.
9:35 am on May 23, 2008 (gmt 0)

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We use AVS to process cards and Gift Card type Visas never match AVS no matter what address is put in for billing. They are declined every time. I only let regular customers who have ordered many times from us before use them and then I have to manually override our system check for AVS so they will be accepted.
 

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