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address verification system (AVS)

An AddressVerificationSystem (AVS) is a system used to verify credit card users

. AVS systems check the address on the credit card against the holder's billing address on file at the credit card processing center. Furthermore, the credit card validity and the card code, the Card ValidationCode (CVC). If the details do not match, the AVS system indicates the error

. The AVSsystem only compares the numerical values of the postcode, house number or CVC code.

The AVS service is supported by Visa, Mastercard and American Express in North American countries, and by the first two in the UK.

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Englisch: address verification system - AVS
Updated at: 24.04.2012
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