Can Venmo Payments Be Reversed? (Full Guide)

Venmo is a money transfer app that has been rapidly growing in popularity in the United States. Primarily, it’s used to send money between friends and family.

However, if you’re one of the millions of people using Venmo, there is a chance you will accidentally send money to the wrong person, send the wrong amount, or pay a phisher. Fortunately, this article will help you find out whether you can reverse a payment on Venmo!

Can Venmo Payments Be Reversed?

Once you send a payment on Venmo, it transfers immediately and is now in the other person’s Venmo balance. This means you can’t reverse or cancel a payment on Venmo. However, be sure to double-check the username of the person you are sending money to, and only use Venmo for payments among people you know.

Disputing a payment on Venmo and trying to get a refund requires that you know how Venmo functions when it comes to lost payments and similar issues, so keep reading for some important information!

Can I Dispute a Venmo Payment?

If you have an issue with a payment you made, or if you paid the wrong person, it will be between you and that person to resolve the issue.

Fortunately, you can always contact Venmo’s support team.

However, they are limited in how they can help, as the Purchase Protection only works for certain eligible items and purchases.

Can I Cancel a Venmo Payment Through My Bank?

If you send a Venmo payment to someone, it will be sent immediately and the money will be in their Venmo balance.

You can dispute a transfer with your bank, as Venmo isn’t responsible for retrieving money lost due to a scam or if you pay the wrong person.

Purchase Protection may apply if you send money to an authorized business account or mark the transaction as a payment.

However, keep in mind that payments made with a linked credit card will be the easiest to dispute, since credit card transactions can sometimes be reversed.

How Can I Recover Money Sent to the Wrong Number?

How Can I Recover Money Sent to the Wrong Number?

If you pay the wrong person on Venmo, you won’t be able to cancel the payment if you already sent it.

However, you can request money from the same person and leave a note explaining the problem and ask them to send it back.

Note, though, that there is no guarantee that you will receive your money back afterward.

If the person doesn’t respond, you can contact Venmo’s support team and they will do their best to help you.

It’s important to keep in mind that there is limited help for these kinds of issues on Venmo.

So, you can remember to double-check the number or username of the person you are sending money to.

Is There Buyer Protection With Venmo?

Venmo doesn’t have Purchase Protection for most transactions that occur.

However, if you buy goods or services from an authorized business profile on Venmo, the purchase protection will apply to eligible items.

Venmo’s Purchase Protection allows customers to get a refund if the item they received from the merchant came damaged or very different from what they ordered.

(there are terms and conditions that apply when it comes to this buyer protection.)

For a better chance at getting a refund if something goes wrong, you may want to use a credit card to pay businesses and merchants.

What If I Get Scammed on Venmo?

Nowadays, it’s very easy to come across a Venmo scam. These may come in the form of Craigslist and Facebook Marketplace ads or phishing emails and text messages.

If you realize you have paid someone on Venmo and it was actually a scam, the first thing you should do is contact customer support on Venmo.

The customer support number is (855)-312-4430. As well, you can fill out an online contact form or use the chatbot on the Venmo app.

If you made the payment as a “Purchase” on Venmo, and the item was eligible for purchase protection, Venmo may be able to help you.

Otherwise, you will need to dispute the issue with your bank.

How Can I Request a Refund on Venmo?

In the Venmo app, you will see a “Pay or Request” tab at the bottom of the main page.

You can enter the phone number, username, or email of the person you’re requesting a refund from, enter the amount along with a note, and send the request.

Since Venmo is still mainly used from smaller transaction amounts between people who know each other, there aren’t many features for getting your money back.

If you bought something from an authorized business and it didn’t arrive as described, it was damaged, or if there was another issue, you can contact Venmo support for a refund.

To know more, you can also read our posts on whether or not Venmo report to the IRS, how does Venmo make money, and is Venmo owned by PayPal.


If you want to reverse a payment on Venmo, there isn’t a way to do so. Since transfers to other people are instant, Venmo can’t cancel or reverse payments.

However, you can always contact customer support in hopes that they will be able to help you recover lost funds. There is also Purchase Protection available for certain items.

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Marques Thomas

Marques Thomas graduated with a MBA in 2011. Since then, Marques has worked in the retail and consumer service industry as a manager, advisor, and marketer. Marques is also the head writer and founder of

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