Dec 07, 2017

Are You a High-Risk Merchant? No Need To Panic

As a merchant in today’s world, the ability to process credit card transactions is critical to the survival of your business. For high-risk enterprises, however, this privilege doesn’t come easy. Every typical acquiring bank prefers to deal with merchants that won’t put their money at risk. So, if a bank considers you high-risk, it will be very reluctant to lend...

Aug 28, 2017

High Risk Merchant Account Services and Fees

There are several factors that might put your business in the high risk category. One of the main reasons has to do with the higher rate of chargebacks and disputes. As a high risk business, you’ll be unable to secure a standard account with the majority of acquirers, so you should look for a respectable payment processor specializing in the...

Jul 20, 2015

Huh… I need a “High Risk Merchant Account!?”

What is a high risk merchant account? Often, when merchants hear about high risk accounts, they start to wonder what kinds of accounts they are and who needs them. Unknown to them, high risk merchant accounts can be a life saver, especially for people dealing in “risky” industries. A high risk merchant account is defined as an account for card...

Dec 29, 2014

Merchants: Do You Know What Your Merchant Account Does?

All merchants know that they need a merchant account. However, many do not know if they need a high risk merchant account or a mainstream merchant account. While many companies can use a mainstream merchant account, there are industries that must employ a high risk merchant account processor. So, what is a high risk merchant account? Well, one of the...

Oct 23, 2014

Why High Risk Merchant Accounts Are Misunderstood

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp (FDIC) announced recently that it has withdrawn its list of merchant types that should be handled with caution, which included businesses they labeled as “high risk.” These businesses included payday lenders, adult entertainment businesses, debt consolidation firms, and others. The FDIC released the list in 2011, stating that these types of businesses required heightened scrutiny...

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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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