Handling Customer Grievances
CCAvenue's board-approved policies for handling grievances of customers are classified as under:
  • Disposal of Complaints
  • Dispute Resolution Mechanism
  • Refund Processing Timelines

All of the above policy matters bind all participants i.e. Customer, Merchant and Payment Aggregator (CCAvenue), and shall contain detailed explanation of the types of disputes, the process of dealing with them, the compliance required, responsibilities of all the stakeholders, documentation, reason codes and procedures for addressing the grievance, turn-around-time for each stage, etc.

Multilevel support and nodal officer details
We have also provided the details of multi-level support as well as details of the Nodal Officer who would be responsible for regulatory and customer grievance handling functions.

Disposal of Complaints
Listing of common queries and resolutions with TATs:
Customer Queries Resolution TAT
Customer enquires about the transaction status. We provide all details such as the order no, PA reference number, date of transaction, transaction amount, merchant URL and status of transaction. 24 hours
(For queries received between 10 am-7 pm Monday to Sunday)
Transaction successful, but no response received from merchant. We provide all the information to the customer, including the merchant details. Additionally, we forward the same mail to the merchant providing services, keeping the customer in CC. 24 hours
(For queries received between 10 am-7 pm Monday to Sunday)
Refund issues We provide all the refund details to the customers, with bank reference number and ARN number for customers to check further with his bank. 24 hours
(For queries received between 10 am-7 pm Monday to Sunday
Refund not reflecting in the customer's account. We recheck the funds status and update the customer OR raise the issue with the concerned bank. The updates received are shared with the customer. 24 hrs to 48 hrs
(working days) post receiving update from concerned entity.
Amount debited but transaction not found. We search for the transaction with details such as:
  • Email Id used while performing the transaction,
  • Date and amount of transaction,
  • And, if still not found, then ask customers to contact their concerned bank for more details or other reference nos.
24 hrs to 48 hrs
(working days) post receiving update from concerned entity.
Dispute Resolution Mechanism
Customers can raise dispute on shipped orders for the following reasons:
  • Transaction amount is different
  • Request is made for the copy of the receipt
  • Merchandise is defective or damaged
  • Alleged fraudulent transaction investigated by the acquiring bank
  • Multiple charges for the same order
  • Merchant agreed to issue refund on merchandise returned or for any other reason
  • Merchandise not as advertised
  • Customer did not engage in or authorize this transaction
  • Merchandise has not been delivered
  • Cardholder is not in possession of the card used for the transaction
  • Service not received from merchant
  • Order was cancelled
  • Customer paid for order by other payment method

How we manage disputes at CCAvenue
Only the Customer or CCAvenue can raise disputes. The merchant can view all disputes raised on their transactions in their Disputes Listing Page. They can also provide updates as well as submit required documents for the dispute via a 3-way messaging facility between CCAvenue, the merchant and the customer.

1. Supporting Documents
CCAvenue may request for a set of supporting documents for cases that need further investigation. These documents could include the Authorization Letter from the customer, Cancellation Policy, etc. Merchants can respond by attaching the required documents with a clarification message using our messaging facility. This can be uploaded from the Dispute Management module.

2. Dispute Resolution
CCAvenue team can either close the dispute in the merchant's favour or allow chargeback to the customer. The Dispute status can be: 'Open', 'Chargeback' , 'Closed' and 'Open and Hold'.

After the dispute status has been set to 'Open', or 'Open and Hold', CCAvenue can update its status to 'Closed' or 'Chargeback'. If the open dispute is confirmed as chargeback, CCAvenue will debit the dispute amount in the customer's favour and set the status as 'Chargeback'. Similarly, if the open dispute is closed in favour of the merchant, CCAvenue will update the dispute status as 'Closed'.

3. Resolution of 'Open and Hold' Cases
CCAvenue designates the status as 'Open and Hold' for disputed cases that need further investigation and sets the amount as well as the end date for resolution. The amount set aside for resolution at this stage cannot be greater than the disputed amount.

Different types of resolution for 'Open and Hold' cases:
  • When the time limit set for the 'Open and Hold' case is over and the dispute status has not changed, CCAvenue will release the amount held against the dispute and close the dispute.
  • After further investigation, when CCAvenue changes the status for the 'Open and Hold' case to 'Chargeback', the amount set aside for resolution (the balance amount payable) is treated as the chargeback amount and debited from the merchant's account in favour of the customer.
  • When CCAvenue changes the status for the 'Open and Hold' case to 'Closed', the amount set aside for resolution is ruled in the merchant's favour i.e. credited to their account.
Refund Processing Timelines
CCAvenue has a very stringent mechanism to deal with refunds of failed transactions (transactions charged to customer but not returned to Payment Aggregator and, in turn, to merchant, hence no services are rendered). As per the merchant's line of business, they can opt to configure their account to reverse such transactions or get it updated as a successful transaction post reconciliation, and continue to provide services.

We can reconcile dropped transactions in 2 ways:
a) We initiate server-to-server API calls with banks on periodic basis throughout the day to fetch the status of transactions. Such cases are sent to bank for reversal on T+1.
b) For banks who do not provide the API-based reconciliation mechanism, we reconcile with the offline files received from the banks on the next working day. Thus refunds for such transactions are sent the next day post reconciliation or T+1 post reconciliation.
Customer Grievances Nodal Officer
Level I
Vishakha Solanki
Phone: 022-35155072
Level II
Arbaaz Khan
Phone: 022-35155072

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