Posted: Apr 7, 2016
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Author: Lou Grilli

As more POS terminals are being upgraded to EMV chip-ready, and more credit unions are getting chip cards in the hands of their members, questions regarding fallback transactions are being generated. 

 What is a fallback transaction?

Simply stated, a fallback transaction occurs when a chip card is presented to a chip enabled terminal ("chip-on-chip"), but the transaction is conducted as a swipe, usually due to the terminal unable to read the chip on the card. This could be due to a defective or scratched chip, a terminal or network incorrectly configured or with a chip reader that is defective (all legitimate reasons for fallback), or a chip intentionally damaged so it cannot be read, on a counterfeit card encoded with magnetic data stolen from a chip card. 

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