Transactions are serviced by Stripe, a trusted major provider of card processing services.
Cards are one of the most popular ways to pay online, with broad global reach. There are different types of cards and several steps in the process. Here is what goes on behind the scenes of a card payment:
Checking card details
Stripe checks that the details provided are formatted correctly (e.g., the expiry date is not in the past). There is no guarantee that the card itself is valid yet.
Some banks, especially in regulated regions like Europe and India, may prompt the customer to authenticate a purchase (e.g., by texting the customer a code to enter on the bank’s website).
The bank checks for sufficient funds and, if successful, holds the amount on the customer’s account to guarantee it for the merchant.
The money moves from the issuing bank to the merchant’s account.