Sep 26, 2016

Senator Durbin Seeks Answers from FTC on EMV Certification Process

The implementation of EMV in the U.S. has been anything but straight forward. Even though merchants were informed years in advance of the Oct. 1, 2015 deadline, an overwhelming number of merchants have yet to shift from signature credit cards to EMV, or “chip and PIN”. Why? U.S. Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) recently sent a letter to the Federal Trade...

Apr 28, 2016

Is EMV More Secure For High Risk Merchant Accounts?

Modern businesses are now accepting both contactless or Near Field Communication (NFC) and EMV (Europay, MasterCard, and Visa) payments. The stage of accepting magnetic-stripe cards is coming to its end. NFC and EMV are considered more secure and authenticated methods of making payments. Let’s compare magnetic stripe and EMV cards to see why smart chip cards are regarded as more...

Nov 23, 2015

EMV Cards Help Mobile Payment Merchants

Mobile payment supporters have long wanted an easier path to payment acceptance. Thanks to the switch to EMV cards, they may have gotten their wish. However, while mobile payments are making a big impact, they are making some look at the downside. That downside being the increased chance of fraud via mobile payments and CNP (card not present) payments. CNP...

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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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