Handling Unauthorised and Mistaken Transactions Like a Pro

June 4, 2024
Discover how to handle unauthorised and mistaken transactions with ease. Learn the immediate steps to take, what to expect from your bank, and how to avoid mistakes in the future. Plus, find out how the free Finance Insight Report from Voosh Finance can provide you with personalised financial advice to protect your accounts and secure your financial future.

In the world of finance, few things are as unnerving as discovering an unauthorised or mistaken transaction on your account. Whether it's a mysterious charge on your credit card or an accidental payment to the wrong account, these incidents can be both stressful and confusing. Fortunately, there are clear steps you can take to address these issues promptly and effectively. Here’s your comprehensive guide on how to handle unauthorised and mistaken transactions, ensuring your finances stay on track.

Understanding Unauthorised Transactions

Unauthorised transactions occur when someone gains access to your account without your permission and makes a purchase or transfer. This can happen through various means, such as:

  • Stolen Card Details: Fraudsters can obtain your card details through skimming devices, phishing scams, or data breaches.
  • Hacked Accounts: Cybercriminals may gain access to your online banking or payment accounts through weak passwords or security vulnerabilities.
  • Lost or Stolen Cards: If your card is lost or stolen, someone might use it to make unauthorised purchases.

Immediate Steps to Take

  1. Contact Your Bank: As soon as you notice an unauthorised transaction, contact your bank or card issuer immediately. They can freeze your account to prevent further unauthorised activity.
  2. Report the Fraud: File a report with your bank detailing the unauthorised transaction. Provide any necessary information they require to investigate the fraud.
  3. Change Your Passwords: Update your online banking and payment account passwords. Ensure your new passwords are strong and unique.
  4. Monitor Your Accounts: Keep a close eye on your accounts for any additional unauthorised transactions.

What to Expect from Your Bank

Banks are generally proactive when it comes to dealing with unauthorised transactions. Here’s what you can typically expect:

  • Temporary Account Freeze: To prevent further fraud, your bank may temporarily freeze your account.
  • Investigation: The bank will investigate the unauthorised transaction. This process can take a few days to a few weeks, depending on the complexity of the case.
  • Refunds: If the transaction is deemed unauthorised, you are usually entitled to a refund. According to the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), you should receive your money back within a few business days after the investigation concludes.

Dealing with Mistaken Transactions

Mistaken transactions occur when you accidentally send money to the wrong account. This can happen due to entering incorrect details, such as a wrong BSB or account number. Here’s what to do if you make a mistaken transaction:

  1. Contact Your Bank: Immediately inform your bank of the mistake. Provide them with details of the transaction, including the incorrect account information.
  2. Bank's Recovery Process: The bank will attempt to recover the funds from the incorrect account. This typically involves contacting the recipient's bank.
  3. Waiting Period: The process can take some time, as the recipient's bank will need to verify the transaction and obtain consent from the account holder to return the funds.

Tips to Avoid Mistaken Transactions

  • Double-Check Details: Always double-check the BSB and account number before making a transfer.
  • Use PayID: Where possible, use PayID, which allows you to send money using an email address, phone number, or ABN. This reduces the risk of entering incorrect details.
  • Save Frequent Payees: Save the details of frequently used payees in your banking app to avoid re-entering information each time.

The Role of Voosh Finance in Protecting Your Finances

At Voosh Finance, we understand the importance of safeguarding your financial health. That’s why we offer the Finance Insight Report, a free tool designed to provide personalised financial advice. This tool helps you make informed decisions tailored to your financial situation, including tips on avoiding fraud and handling mistaken transactions. Here’s how you can benefit from it:

  • Personalised Advice: Get tailored recommendations based on your financial behaviour and goals.
  • Fraud Prevention Tips: Learn the best practices to protect your accounts from unauthorised access.
  • Financial Planning: Receive expert advice on budgeting, saving, and investing to keep your finances in top shape.

Success Story: How the Finance Insight Report Helped Sarah

Sarah, a Voosh Finance user, once experienced an unauthorised transaction on her account. Thanks to the Finance Insight Report, she had access to a wealth of information on how to handle the situation. She quickly contacted her bank, provided all the necessary details, and followed the report’s advice on securing her accounts. Within days, her bank refunded the unauthorised transaction, and Sarah was able to prevent further issues.

Discovering an unauthorised transaction can be stressful. Learn how to protect your finances and resolve these issues with Voosh Finance's free Finance Insight Report.

Final Thoughts

Unauthorised and mistaken transactions can be daunting, but with the right knowledge and tools, you can handle them efficiently. Remember to act quickly, follow the necessary steps, and utilise resources like the Finance Insight Report to safeguard your finances.

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