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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hints that it may increase its nicotine regulations after electronic cigarette enterprise, Juul Labs, Inc. hooked a generation on vaping.  Last month, the FDA ordered all currently marketed Juul products to be removed from the U.S. market. The agency determined there is not enough evidence to “assess the… read more

Post Categories: FDA, Merchant Monitoring, Merchant Risk
Gun Kit Regulations

On August 24, 2022, gun kits that can assemble into full unmarked firearms—known as “ghost guns”—will be subject to the same regulations as commercially sold, fully assembled weapons. The new rule set by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) aims to ban the manufacturing of ghost guns and help serialize weapons already… read more

Post Categories: ATF, Gun Kits, Illicit Goods
kyc automation

You are convinced—automating your merchant Know Your Customer (KYC) due diligence process will greatly benefit your business. What now? How do you go from your current, manual processes to automation?  The first step is picking a vendor, and to do that, you need to clearly understand your requirements. Are you trying to improve compliance, or… read more

adult merchant account

Acquirers must comply by October 15, 2021 with Mastercard’s extended Specialty Merchant Registration requirements—that aim to crackdown on unauthorized and illegal adult content. According to Mastercard, the updated rules require acquiring banks to “certify that the seller of adult content has effective controls in place to monitor, block and, where necessary, take down all illegal… read more

merchant kyc

At the championship level, winning sports teams are carefully constructed—each athlete hand-selected based on their physical ability, past athletic achievements, and overall reputation. This process of player evaluation has created sports dynasties like Brazil’s national football team, who won back-to-back World Cups in 1958 and 1962, before winning a third in 1970.  What if you… read more

Post Categories: Know Your Customer, Merchant Underwriting
merchant monitoring

The Latin America region has enjoyed strong growth in merchant acquiring volumes and the average number of transactions per adult over the past few years, according to a new report from Verisk Financial Research. Increasing volumes have compensated for reductions in the maximum MSCs. This trend will probably persist: continued growth in card uptake and usage, spurred… read more

merchant monitoring

A new report from Verisk Financial Research looks across the landscape for merchant acquiring risk in North America, including trends, developments, and opportunities. The extract below, drawing on insights from G2, looks at the significant risks facing acquirers in the e-commerce ecosystem from card networks’ assessments. An assessment is an alert raised by the card… read more

Transaction Laundering Hate Groups

Tensions in America rise as the pandemic-fueled economic recession sweeps the nation. Hate groups are among many bad actors who are taking advantage of the current social and political turmoil by peddling violence, misinformation, and fraudulent products online. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, nearly 1,000 hate groups were located in the United States… read more

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