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What is this $1 TEST MODE transaction email from Authorize.net?

Last Updated: Feb 08, 2018 02:57PM EST
Clients using Authorize.net may begin receiving TEST MODE transaction emails after integrating with ThinkReservations. The email is sent by Authorize.net and the subject line is "Merchant Email Receipt". This $1.00 test transaction is run in order to verify that the credit card is valid.

By default, a
ll transactions through Authorize.net will trigger an email to you. You can disable these transaction emails by following the steps outlined in this document: Disabling Authorize.net Transaction Emails.

 
NOTE: The verification method we use is called "TEST MODE". Test Mode checks to see if the card is valid, but does not actually charge $1.00 to the card. In these transaction emails, you should see the Transaction ID is "0". It is important to note that these transactions are subject to any per transaction charges. Contact Authorize.net for more information on the fees associated with these transactions.

From Authorize.net: "A $1.00 test transaction is submitted using the Luhn MOD 10 algorithm to verify that the credit card number is in a valid format. This test transaction does not appear on the customer's credit card statement, but it will generate and send a transaction receipt email to the merchant."
 

Example TEST MODE email from Authorize.net

Subject: Merchant Email Receipt
To: Innkeeper

************* TEST MODE *************


========= SECURITY STATEMENT ==========
It is not recommended that you ship product(s) or otherwise grant services relying solely upon this e-mail receipt.

========= GENERAL INFORMATION =========
Merchant : The Viewpoint Bed & Breakfast (1234567)
Date/Time : 30-Feb-2017 22:12:42 PDT

========= ORDER INFORMATION =========
Invoice : none
Description : Test transaction for ValidateCustomerPaymentProfile.
Amount : 1.00 (USD)
Payment Method: Visa xxxx1234
Transaction Type: Authorization Only

============== Line Items ==============

============== RESULTS ==============
Response : This transaction has been approved.
Auth Code : 000000
Transaction ID :
Address Verification : AVS Not Applicable

==== CUSTOMER BILLING INFORMATION ===
Customer ID : 1A234567
First Name : JACK
Last Name : SMITH
Company :
Address :
City :
State/Province :
Zip/Postal Code : 123456
Country :
Phone :
Fax :
E-Mail :

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