Credit Processing for TMF/Match List Merchants

Mar 01, 2014
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Merchants and businesses that wind up on Terminated Merchant Files or Match lists don’t all deserve to be there. Two common, non-illegal causes for a high risk merchant to wind up on these lists are failure to pay final bill and high chargeback rates. Operating a business, opening new merchant accounts, and high risk credit card processing may seem next to impossible for those who are placed on these lists. Here are some solutions for merchants who discover themselves to be on one of these lists.

TMF/Match List Basics

If you fail to make a final bill payment or if you have an excessive chargeback rate, it’s easy to find yourself on one of these lists. The bank that processes your payments or merchant accounts is the only one that can place you on these lists and you may not be notified until you try to open a new merchant account. According to MasterCard, you can stay on these lists for up to five years. Most high risk credit card payment processors will not open a new account if you’re a merchant on this list.

Getting Off the List

One solution is to simply get off the TMF or Match list. If you failed to make a final payment the quickest and most direct solution is to make good with your debt.  However, it still remains the prerogative of the payment processor to remove you from the list.

If you were placed on the list for an excessive chargeback rate then the only solution is time. Time combined with fewer chargebacks can result in the bank removing you from the TMF or Match list. Effective management of customer disputes and chargebacks will facilitate getting your business off these lists.

Alternative Credit Card Payment Processors

There are alternative sources for high risk credit card payment processing that will accept and open accounts for merchants on the TMF and Match list, often at the cost of high rates. EMB has an experienced team ready to match you with the right TMF/Match list approved credit card processor if you urgently need to open a high risk credit payment processing merchant account.

As your business is already ‘in a hole’ being on one of these lists it’s vital to let an experienced team find a reputable processor that will help, not hurt, your business on the road to recovering from this status.

Being placed on a TMF or Match list is an unfortunate reality even for non-criminal businesses. Hard times require hard measures and banks can be unforgiving over chargebacks and final bills. The best preventative measure is to make your payments and keep chargeback rates low, but if you are on one of these lists it’s not the end of the world. EMB can help you navigate the unfamiliar waters and get you a TMF credit card payment processor to get your business back on the right track.

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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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