Credit card Network/Association Member: These entities operate the networks that process credit card payments worldwide and govern interchange fees. Examples of credit card networks are Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express. In the transaction process, a credit card network receives the credit card payment details from the acquiring processor. It forwards the payment authorization request to the issuing bank and sends the issuing bank’s response to the acquiring processor.
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The request for authorization is first sent through the merchant’s acquiring bank and associated payment processor, to determine the card holder’s bank (issuing bank). When notified, the card holder’s issuing bank then determines whether the transaction with the merchant will either be approved or declined based on the card holder’s line of credit. If the issuing bank approves the transaction, it will place a hold (an “authorization”) on the necessary funds in the shopper’s account.
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