The Internet is supposed to be one big happy International shopping ground, right? Well it is and
it isn`t. Yes, you can take orders from someone in Venezuela, Turkey or Malaysia. However, in many
foreign countries online credit card fraud is a huge problem. And to make matters worse, there is
currently no fully-functioning international address verification. Visa Internation has implemented
a new program for non-United States credit cards, but we are probably looking at years before this
becomes a viable system to rely upon.
As a merchant, you need to decide how you want to handle foreign orders. If you do want to accept
foreign orders, you should take steps to guard against fraud, before you start shipping product
overseas. By utilizing some of the AVS filters available within the IPPS software, you can
sufficiently reduce your level of exposure to fraud while at the same time expanding your market
to accept International orders. IPPS is already capable of handling many of the new AVS codes and
we continually update our software when new codes are added.