In part because they are not in front of you, online customers can be challenge. Take this example:
Our 5 year old son has ordered them from your website without telling us using our credit card. We would like a refund please.
Now, how a 5 year old could do this as a. first time customer, ticking the right box, entering in the address as it was not auto filled. The challenge with a transaction like this is that the bank would side with the shopper and issue a refund.
Then, there are those who attack. This email is from someone who thought we were another business and was not happy when I told them they had the wrong organisation and suggested they contact the other business, which has no connection whatsoever with us.
You cxxt. I hope you fall over and die. You are an idiot. You know nothing about customer service.
One of the best (worst) tho was this one.
You need to refund me for this parcel because this is how it was delivered. It can’t have been my dogs because they were locked up all day. This is your fault.
Here’s the photo of the parcel they sent through.
And, here’s the photo of proof of delivery by Australia Post:
The extent of wild claims and scams are such that it’s important to factor a financial buffer into your prices online, so you can fund the scams that you cannot fight back on.
Big businesses deal with this by negotiating supply prices that have coverage built into the price model for this sort of behaviour.