May 10, 2019

FTC Bans Payment Processor for Fraudulent Debit Transactions

Priority Payout Corp. and the owner of the payment processing company are banned permanently from engaging in processing or assisting in it, and must pay a contempt judgment of $1.8 million, according to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). Priority Payout Corp. owner, Thomas Wells, has agreed to settle FTC charges that he and his company repeatedly violated a 2009 court...

May 03, 2019

FTC Cracking Down on Tech Support Scammers Targeting Seniors

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) estimates that consumers lost $24.6 million from tech-support scams in 2015 and 2016. The average consumer loses about $280 on each scam. Last year, the FTC received nearly 143,000 reports about tech support scams. But, an even more revealing statistic is that the FTC found that people 60 and older were five times more likely...

Apr 23, 2019

Biometrics Make Payments Safer

The government of India is a leader in biometric adoption for payments. More than 1 billion Indian consumers have established a digital identity with the government, which requires users to submit fingerprints, iris scan recognition, and a photograph to collect social welfare payments. Collecting this biometric information took fewer than 10 years, and now India has the tools to identify...

Apr 16, 2019

Daily IT and Security Glitches at UK Banks Point to Their Weaknesses

The regular IT and security failures at British banks make it a longshot to become a cashless society any time soon. British banks experience 1.2 IT or security failure each day, according a comprehensive analysis by consumer group, Which? The glitches prevent customers from making payments. During the last nine months of 2018, the consumer group found that 302 IT...

Feb 26, 2019

Biometrics Security: A Good Start to Safer Transactions

  Any security measure is only as strong as its weakest link. The same rings true for biometrics security. Biometric data, often considered the most secure, however it is only as secure as the system that protects it. Biometric data, which uses fingerprints, visual cryptography, and facial recognition technology to make a secure online transaction or access other confidential information,...

Oct 23, 2018

Fraud Victims Rise, Encryption Schemes Leaving Security Gaps

In today’s digital world, encryption schemes are everything. Are you absolutely sure your business is protected? Recent reports might cause you to take a closer look at how you’re protecting your customers’ sensitive information. At the point of sale, there are two encryption options: PCI-validated point-to-point encryption (P2PE) solutions and nonlisted encryption solutions, which lack several key requirements. The PCI...

Apr 17, 2018

3 Tips to Keep Your Company Data Safe

Keeping yourself protected from increasingly common cyber-attacks is now one of the most important areas of business management. It’s a fact that with cybercrime consistently on the rise, the potential damage that can occur due to a data breach can end up damaging your company beyond repair. Luckily, this needn’t be the case, and with a few simple and cost-effective...

Feb 28, 2018

Cybersecurity Specialist: A Career Guide

Cybersecurity is a booming field that many people are going into because of the many benefits it has to offer. If you want a career change to something exciting and rewarding, this is certainly one option that you will want to take a closer look at. There are many benefits to becoming a cyber security specialist, and the more you...

Dec 21, 2017

AI Fighting Fraud and Winning

It’s estimated that Americans lose approximately $50 billion a year to financial scams, and there are indirect costs like bounced checks, late fees, trouble meeting monthly expenses and even bankruptcy. So, it’s no stretch to say that fraud also results in emotional costs, which are, in fact high. 50% of victims report having felt severe stress, and over 1/3 report...

Oct 16, 2017

Merchants and Consumers on EMV Credit Card Processing

EMV (Europay, MasterCard, and Visa) chip card payments at the US point of sale (POS) are now 2 years’ old (October 2015) at least officially. However, according to a poll of consumers and retailers by a Boston-based merchant processor, consumers think purchases are still being processed slowly; many merchants still don’t accept chip cards. Merchants’ and Consumers’ Views on EMV...

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Having a merchant account allows an account holder to take advantage of merchant cash advances. When a merchant is approved for an advance, the business agrees to receive a lump sum of cash in exchange for an agreed-upon percentage of future credit card sales.

Pricing varies depending on the merchant’s industry, past credit card processing history, the type of business seeking the account, average ticket sales, and average transaction volumes.

Yes, EMB works with merchants who are building their credit, as well as those who have poor credit. EMB also approves merchants that have no credit card processing history and businesses that have lost their merchant accounts due to high chargebacks.

Several factors influence a merchant’s risk level. Though only one factor likely will not get a merchant classified as high risk, a combination of these may: business size, location, and industry, credit score, credit card processing history, a industry’s reputation for excessive chargebacks, a prior history of high chargeback ratios, and whether a merchant exclusively sells online.

Virtual terminals are stationed on a merchant’s website, making it easy for customers to make a payment or purchase online. Merchants or a payment processor can easily set up virtual terminals, so online businesses can accept credit and debit card and e-check transactions.

A merchant account is a business account with an acquiring bank. Without this business account, which actually works more like a line of credit, a merchant cannot accept and process credit and debit card transactions. Businesses need a merchant account to accept major credit cards via a static point-of-sale terminal, mobile card reader, or through a virtual payment gateway.

After filling out EMB’s simple online application and submitting any necessary, requested documents, many merchants get approved within 24 and 48 hours.

EMB specializes in working with high-risk merchants. EMB works with many merchants, including but not limited to businesses in these industries: gambling and gaming, adult entertainment, nutraceuticals, vaping and e-cigarettes, electronics, tech support, travel, high-end furniture, weight loss programs, calling cards, e-books and software, and telecommunications.

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