May 14, 2019

Authorities Crack Down on Dark Web Markets, as New Ones Expected to Sprout Up

Though global law enforcement officials took down two of the world’s largest dark web drug websites in the past few weeks, another site continues to peddle thousands of painkillers and other narcotics. Empire, the dark web site that sells 18,000 drugs, including oxycodone and the powerful synthetic opioid, fentanyl, continues to operate. In such a buzzworthy market, it’s not completely...

May 14, 2019

Hearing About CBD Regulations as More Retailers Enter the Market

After major retailers, like Rite Aid, CVS, and Walgreens, announced their plans to test the market’s interest in CBD products, the former U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) commissioner said the pharmacies could expect to run into regulatory problems. For example, Rite Aid started to sell creams, lotions, and lip balms that contain cannabidiol, which is a non-psychoactive ingredient in...

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 10, 2019

Costly Cash Rewards Leave Credit Card Brands Rethinking Incentives

Recently, Discover Financial Services learned the price of some cash rewards for using its credit cards. The credit card company reported in April that its first quarter discount and interchange revenue was $677 million, which was a 5% increase from the same quarter last year. Meanwhile, the company spent more than half of that amount – $446 million – to...

May 09, 2019

Fiserv-First Data Milestone Deal is What’s Needed in Changing Market

The multibillion-dollar merger/acquisition between Fiserv Inc. and First Data Corp. may have caught many by surprise, but it makes perfect sense. As the financial-institution market in the United States continues to shrink, it forces the consolidation of core-banking solutions and the processors that service those banks. Therefore, Fiserv’s move is smart and creates compelling strategic and financial benefits for the...

May 09, 2019

Widespread U.S. Contactless Payments Adoption May Be Near

The groundwork has been laid for widespread U.S. contactless payments adoption, but what will be the impetus for actually taking shape is a mystery, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston report, “Tap to Pay: Will Contactless Cards Pave the Way for NFC Mobile Payments in the U.S.?” Background on the Contactless Card and Mobile Payments Movement In 2015,...

May 07, 2019

Fintech Investments and Acquisitions Will Continue as Mastercard’s Strategy

During the last few years, Mastercard has relied on acquisitions and fintech investments to bolster its skills and competencies. And, according to its company president, it has no plans to slowing down this strategy. Its tactic of acquiring fintechs in all spheres of payment has helped it gain new deals and increase its revenues. In April, Mastercard announced that it...

May 07, 2019

Apple Pay Use Soars, Expected to Hit 10 Billion Payments in 2019

Apple Pay is nearing another milestone– it is on track to process 10 billion transactions by the end of 2019. Getting a lift from transit systems that are embracing digital wallets and the increase of merchants using contactless payments, Apple Pay saw another quarter of record volume, the company chief executive, Tim Cook, announced recently. Though it is unclear how...

May 06, 2019

Fintech’s Making Their Own Moves on Cross-Border Trade as Fate of Brexit Looms

With Brexit no closer to a resolution, financial technology businesses are taking matters into their own hands to prepare for its impact on cross-border trade. With all the uncertainties surrounding the U.S. and Britain, Veem and Tipalti are the most recent fintechs to look for new ways to entice people to trade with China. Recently, Veem, which is a mobile...

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...

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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