Dealing with Cash App Chargebacks and Disputes

Cash App is a peer-to-peer (P2P) mobile payment application developed by Square, a popular payment processor. Like Zelle and Venmo, Cash App allows users to send and receive money instantaneously within the US.
by Ronen Shnidman
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Published: June 26, 2023
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As payment technology advances, peer-to-peer (P2P) payment apps have become a staple in our daily transactions.

Among these, Cash App, has gained significant popularity.

With over 40 million active users, Cash App allows instant money transfers between friends, family, and even businesses.

However, with the convenience of digital transactions comes the complexity of disputes and chargebacks. This article aims to provide a comprehensive guide to understanding and managing Cash App chargebacks and disputes.


Users can connect their bank accounts, debit or credit cards to fund their Cash App accounts in addition to offering users a Visa debit card that can used in:

  • eCommerce platforms
  • Brick and mortar stores
  • App accounts
  • ATM withdrawls

Can Cash App users dispute payments?


As a P2P payment service, Cash App was created to facilitate transactions between friends and family. Through its popularity transactions became available through Cash App for businesses as a mode of payment for their customers.

Part of Cash App’s allure to small merchants is that P2P payments made from Cash App to Cash App are instant and irreversible. For honest merchants that are tired of dealing with chargebacks, the finality P2P Cash App payments offer is the big break for which they’ve been waiting.

According to US law, chargebacks only apply to payment card transactions.

That means if a Cash App transaction doesn’t involve a debit or credit card, merchants aren’t bound to regular chargeback rules.


But before you jump for joy, there are a couple of things to note.

First, if the buyer has a debit or credit card linked to their Cash App account, cardholder chargeback rights apply, and they can file for a chargeback with their bank.

In this case, the card payment chargeback process works as it always does. The buyer can still reclaim their money, and you'll lose merchandise and revenue.

Second, Cash App has options that buyers can explore to get their money back within the app. When they realize they are dealing with a fraudulent merchant, they can;

  • Cancel the payment
  • Request a refund
  • Chargeback on the app

Cash App cancellation, refund, and chargeback processes


When a buyer decides to reclaim their money, they’ll follow different procedures depending on the situation.

  • Payment cancelation

During a cancelation, speed is everything as they only apply to pending transactions. 

When a buyer completes a payment using Cash Card, funds are deducted from their account before entering into a merchant's account. At this stage, transactions are pending for 10 business days and can be canceled but not disputed. 

The buyer cancelation process is as follows:

  • Navigate to the Activity tab on Cash App
  • Locate the payment you’d like to cancel
  • Tap on the three-dot icon for more options
  • Click on Cancel Payment
  • Confirm your selection by pressing OK

  • Refunding payments

If a merchant delivers damaged or wrong products to a customer, they can request a refund through Cash App. The refund process is similar to a cancelation. They’ll:

  • Navigate to the Activity tab in their Cash App account
  • Find the Payment they want refunded
  • Click on the three-dot icon for more options
  • Select refund
  • Click OK to complete the request

If a merchant accepts the refund request, they'll return funds to the buyer. However, if a merchant chooses not to honor the request, the buyer might file a dispute with Cash App customer support, essentially a Cash App chargeback in all but name.


  • Cash App chargeback

Buyers can dispute payments by contacting Cash App’s support through the app, website, phone, or mail.  


Through the app


Navigate to the profile icon on the account’s home screen

  • Scroll down to Cash Support and tap on it
  • Choose ‘Something Else’ 
  • Choose the relevant issue
  • Click on Contact Support

Through Cash App’s website


A buyer can contact Cash App’s customer support through a web browser on their phone or computer.  

  • Navigate to the Help page
  • Scroll down to the Contact Support link
  • Log in to the portal with your Cash App details
  • Select the problem
  • Click contact support

Via phone


Cash App’s support phone number is 855-351-2274. Buyers interact with an automated machine that provides guidance on different topics.


Via mail


If a buyer opts to send mail, they can send it to Cash App, 1455 Market Street Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94103.


What a 'Cash App chargeback' means for a merchant


When a buyer files a dispute against a merchant, Cash App opens an investigation and resolves the situation.

If a merchant accepts the refund request, the process takes up to 10 days, and the funds are returned to the buyer. However, if the merchant challenges the request, it’s impossible to determine how long it would take given the back and forth communication required and how long Cash App support takes to respond.

A merchant loses the battle if Cash App determines they didn’t deliver the product or service as described to the customer or they attempted to defraud the customer.

Unlike regular card chargebacks, a merchant won't pay chargeback fees during a Cash App refund process. However, the process is time-consuming as active participation in the investigation is necessary.

It's important to note that a high frequency of chargebacks can lead to the suspension or even closure of the merchant's Cash App account.


How should merchants handle Cash App chargebacks?


Handling Cash App chargebacks effectively requires a proactive approach. Here are some strategies that can help:

  1. Prevention: The best way to handle chargebacks is to prevent them from happening in the first place. This involves clear communication with customers about your products or services, providing excellent customer service, and having a straightforward return or refund policy. For example, if you run an online clothing store, providing accurate size charts, clear images, and detailed descriptions of each item can help prevent chargebacks due to dissatisfaction with purchases.
  2. Prompt Response: If a chargeback is filed, responding promptly can increase your chances of resolving the dispute favorably. This includes providing all requested information and documentation related to the transaction in a timely manner.
  3. Evidence Collection: Gathering and presenting clear evidence is crucial in disputing a chargeback. This could include receipts, tracking numbers, delivery confirmation, or correspondence with the customer. For instance, if a customer claims they never received their order, providing a delivery confirmation can help dispute the chargeback.
  4. Customer Communication: Maintaining open and polite communication with customers can often help resolve issues before they escalate to a chargeback. If a customer is unhappy with a purchase, offering a refund or exchange might be a more cost-effective solution than dealing with a chargeback.

Managing Cash App Fraud


Fraudulent activities are unfortunately common on digital payment platforms like Cash App. These can range from account hacking to friendly fraud, where a customer files a fraudulent chargeback.

As a merchant, it's important to be aware of these risks and take steps to mitigate them.

Understanding the Types of Fraud

  1. Account Hacking: This occurs when an unauthorized person gains access to your Cash App business account and makes transactions without your knowledge or consent.
  2. Friendly Fraud: This happens when a customer makes a purchase, receives the product or service, but then files a chargeback claiming they never received the item or service.
  3. Identity Theft: In this case, a fraudster uses stolen personal information to create a Cash App account or take over an existing one.

Preventive Measures

Preventing fraud is always better than dealing with its aftermath. Here are some preventive measures you can take:

  1. Secure Your Account: Regularly update your Cash App password and ensure it's strong and unique. Enable two-factor authentication for an added layer of security.
  2. Verify Customer Information: Before processing large transactions, verify the customer's information. This could include contacting the customer directly or requesting additional identification.
  3. Educate Yourself: Stay updated on the latest types of fraud and scams. Cash App regularly updates its users about common scams and how to avoid them.

Actionable Steps in Case of Fraud

If you suspect fraudulent activity on your Cash App account, here are some steps you can take:

  1. Contact Cash App Support: If you notice any suspicious activity, contact Cash App support immediately. They can guide you through the process of securing your account and investigating the issue.
  2. Collect Evidence: Gather all information related to the suspicious transaction. This could include transaction details, any communication with the supposed customer, and any other relevant information.
  3. Report to Authorities: If you're a victim of a scam or fraud, report it to your local law enforcement agency. You should also report it to the Federal Trade Commission through their FTC Complaint Assistant.
  4. Monitor Your Account: Keep a close eye on your account activity. If you've been targeted once, fraudsters might attempt to target you again.

For more information on preventing fraud, the Federal Trade Commission's Guide to Preventing and Handling Business Identity Theft is a valuable resource.

For a deeper understanding of how to handle disputes and chargebacks, Mastercard's Chargeback Guide provides detailed insights. For general information on managing online fraud, eConsumer.gov offers a wealth of resources and advice.


Cash App FAQs


Does Cash App allow chargebacks?

Yes, Cash App does allow chargebacks. Users can dispute a transaction by contacting their bank or card issuer, who then communicates with Cash App to hold the disputed funds during the investigation.

How long do Cash App chargebacks take?

The duration of the Cash App chargeback process can vary, but users can generally expect a resolution within 10 business days.

If the merchant rejects the customer’s request it could take much longer as Cash App customer support tries to resolve the dispute.

For more information, you can visit the Cash App Support page.

Will Cash App refund money if scammed?

As the company explains on its website, "Cash App to Cash App payments are instant and usually can’t be canceled."

However, if a user is scammed and files a chargeback, Cash App will investigate the claim. If the claim is found to be valid, the user may receive a refund.

It's important to note that Cash App encourages users to only send money to people they trust. For more information on avoiding scams, you can visit the FTC's Consumer Information on Scams.

Can a bank dispute a Cash App transaction?

Yes, a bank can dispute a Cash App transaction on behalf of the user. The user needs to contact their bank or card issuer to initiate the dispute process.

What happens when you dispute a charge on Cash App?

If you dispute charges from your credit or debit card funding your Cash App account, Cash App may close your account.

How to charge back on Cash App?

The user can either contact Cash App customer support via app, website, phone or mail to ask for a refund or they can file a chargeback with their issuing bank for the card that was used to fund the Cash App account.


Final Thoughts


From recognizing the common reasons for chargebacks to knowing how to dispute them, being informed is your first line of defense.

Cash App’s irreversible P2P transactions mean that buyers take most of the risk as disputes and chargeback processes aren’t well-developed over Cash App yet. Consequently, similar to Venmo, consumers are advised to use Cash App to transact only with those they trust.  

Remember, staying informed and proactive is the best way to navigate the world of digital transactions and Cash App chargebacks. By staying updated on Cash App's security features and maintaining good practices, you can safeguard your account and transactions.

To learn more about how merchants can manage Cash App chargebacks linked to credit or debit cards, contact a chargeback expert at Justt


Written by
Ronen Shnidman
Ex-journalist and major fan of fintech and OSINT, I write regularly for leading industry outlets in finance and fraud prevention. Outlets I contribute to include Payments Dive, Finextra, and Merchant Fraud Journal, and I have been cited by PYMNTS.com
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