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As an acquirer, knowing what your merchants are selling is key to minimizing your risk for potential violations, especially since merchants can add products to their websites at any given moment, without your knowledge. New products are constantly put on the market, and unfortunately, illegal and risky products are often hard to detect and monitor. Without being aware of these products, you run the risk of brand damage and potential violations, including regulatory fines and even legal penalties. While the list of goods and services that violate MasterCard’s BRAM program and Visa’s Global Brand Protection program (not to mention the law) is exhaustive, G2 Web Services has compiled a list of five lesser-known products that we have identified on merchant websites that you should be on the lookout for.
Recently, the G2 Web Services team was involved in Operation Pangea VI, the annual international internet effort targeting the illegal online sale of counterfeit and unlicensed medicines and the criminal organizations behind them.
Operation Pangea is coordinated by INTERPOL, the World Customs Organization (WCO), and other international government and law enforcement agencies, and is the largest internet-based action of its kind. G2 Web Services worked behind the scenes to identify websites, map merchant relationships, and confirm merchant accounts transacting on sites selling illegal pharmaceuticals.