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5 Definitive Suggestions to Find the Best Merchant Services

5 Definitive Suggestions to Find the Best Merchant Services

Finding the best merchant services provider doesn’t happen by simply typing ‘best merchant account provider’ into your search engine bar. Although we do recommend this approach (more on that further down), there are so many other variables to finding the best payment processing solution custom to your business. Be prepared: you may be categorized as…

Hurricanes Also a Disaster for Travel Agency Businesses

Hurricanes Also a Disaster for Travel Agency Businesses

It’s been a rough month for natural disasters in the northern hemisphere. Hurricane season, typically August through October in North and Central America, leaves travel agency businesses worldwide holding their collective breath. The destructive reach of a hurricane goes farther than most people can imagine. On a lesser-known but significant scale, hurricane victims can include…

How an E-Mail Address Can Indicate Credit Card Fraud

How an E-Mail Address Can Indicate Credit Card Fraud

It’s no secret that online merchants are in a perpetual battle in mitigating credit card fraud. Rates of fraud are escalating because it is a fast-earning, largely anonymous, easy crime to commit. In fact, there are cybercrime ‘businesses’ and hacking groups all over the world, particularly in the eastern Europe and Asia regions, whose missions…

Good news for high risk merchants: Operation Choke Point is waning

Good news for high risk merchants: Operation Choke Point is waning

We had an epiphany the other day, and it’s favorable news for high risk merchants. We wondered when was the last time we wrote about Operation Choke Point, the U.S. Department of Justice’s 2013 effort to deny electronic payment resources to certain high risk industries such as payday lending, guns and ammunition sales and telemarketing,…

Address Verification: When Shipping and Billing Addresses Don’t Match

Address Verification: When Shipping and Billing Addresses Don’t Match

Address verification is a crucial step in the sale of any e-commerce merchant’s product. Without address checks, there is likely a whole lot of fraud happening. We know an online merchant whose red flag goes up whenever he receives an order in which the credit card billing address and shipping address are different. His reaction…