Venmo Under Investigation for ‘Unfair and Deceptive Practices’ by FTC

Jun 24, 2016

In January of this year, popular peer-to-peer (P2P) payment service, Venmo, crossed the incredible milestone of $1 billion in payments over the course of a single month.  Owned by PayPal, Venmo has surpassed all Wall Street expectations. However, a recent development may prove to be a very unwelcome change of pace for the company.

It was recently disclosed by PayPal that Venmo is now under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). PayPal explained that it received a request from the FTC on March 28th that it cooperate as an investigation goes underway; this investigation will determine whether or not the hugely popular payment app is in violation of the Federal Trade Commission Act for “unfair and deceptive practices.”

So far, neither the FTC nor PayPal has commented further to explain the specific nature of the allegations against Venmo. But PayPal has openly agreed to cooperate fully. According to PayPal, in response to the Civil Investigative Demand (CID) from the Federal Trade Commission, they are providing documents and answers to written questions.

In their statement, PayPal said, “We consult and collaborate with regulators and work hard to comply with laws and regulations in the markets where we do business, around the world. We are cooperating fully with the Federal Trade Commission to address their requests for information.”

So what does this mean for PayPal? It sounds like there could be trouble ahead. Depending on the outcome, there could be anything from legal fees to potential changes in the way Venmo functions – definitely not great news for a hit app.

So what does this mean for other businesses? Choosing safe and secure payment processing is crucial. Knowing what you’re getting into from the very beginning will save you from stress and headache later on. This is even more true for the business categorized as “high risk”.

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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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