Despite growing awareness about the issue of false declines among eCommerce merchants, it is inherently an “invisible” problem. How can retailers measure or know how many of the orders they declined due to fear of fraud were actually valid and should have been approved? Only a small percent of customers’ whose orders are declined will reach out to the merchant, and in many cases fraudsters will also file a complaint over having their order “wrongly” declined. In short, it’s difficult to know which declined transactions should have been approved.

To better understand the true scale of the false declines problem, Riskified commissioned a white paper from strategy & research company Javelin. Javelin surveyed 3,200 consumers about their experiences with credit card declines in 2014. In this post, we share some key findings from this research into the impact false declines have on consumers in the US.

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