Electronic Arts (EA) is one of the most prominent video game publishers on the planet. The company has a rich history of developing video games since 1982.
EA Games are some of the most well designed and efficiently programmed games in the world. You rarely hear about issues with EA video games let alone charge disputes.
However, if it can happen, it is bound to happen. You can make in-game purchases on every modern Electronic Arts video game. On rare occasions, you may see a charge on your account or bank statement from EA games of which you are suspicious.
Such a charge may be as a result of many things. It may be a result of your account getting hacked. It may be an auto renewal payment that you thought you had cancelled. It may also be as a result of an error from EA games.
A unique reason why there may be a suspicious charge on your account statement is if there is a pre authorization charge. A pre-authorization is a hold or a pending charge on a payment account and is not a real charge. Pre-authorizations will typically only appear in your credit card or banking statement as 'pending charges.' The charge is usually voided or refunded by EA games but it can take up to 7 days for it to be reflected in your credit card or bank statement.
Regardless of the reason for the charge, the first step you should take once you notice the charge is to verify it. You should double check the charge and ensure it is indeed a charge that you or someone with access to your account did not make.
If you have an account with EA games, you should log in and check your purchase history. If you don't have an account with EA, someone has used your information and you should contact EA customer support immediately.
You should also check if the charge is as a result of a preorder that you may have forgotten about. A pre order authorization should be evidence enough of the order.
You should also confirm that you did were not charged twice for the same order. If so, you can request a refund from EA for the double charge.
If you have ever made a purchase from Electronic Arts, then the suspicious charges mean that someone logged in to your account and used your payment information to make a purchase. If you have not, it means that your payment information has been compromised.
Contact Customer Support
If you are sure that you did not initiate the charge, you should contact Electronic Arts immediately. You can do so in the following ways:
You can contact EA through their website by following these steps:
1. Open the EA help page and sign in to your account
2. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click 'Contact Us'
3. Select the game from which you made the charge or 'Origin' if you need help with your EA account
4. Select the platform that you play on e.g. PS4, Xbox or PC
5. Select the topic with which you need help which is 'Billing/Purchasing'
6. Choose the issue you need help with which is disputing a charge
7. Click 'Select Contact Option' and you will be directed to a page with the recommended support options. Choose the one that best suits you.
You can dispute an unwarranted charge to EA through their online help desk and it will be fixed in a short while. This avenue should be the option of last resort.
The online help desk's address can be retrieved from GetHuman.