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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
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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

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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

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From gaps in healthcare delivery to supply-chain bottlenecks, the pandemic has illuminated shortfalls in many established in-house systems. For payment providers, pivoting to a remote workforce introduces additional risk into the critical Know Your Customer (KYC) component of the merchant boarding and underwriting process.     Automated KYC Risk professionals know that manual KYC due… read more

As COVID-19 engulfs the US, increasing numbers of unethical internet merchants are targeting consumers who are homebound, anxious—and online. According to DomainTools, over 100,000 high-risk coronavirus-related domain names have been created since January.   G2 analyzed these domain names and looked for trends. We found the following:   Exponential Growth In the months of January and… read more

merchant onboarding

By: Dan Frechtling, President, Verisk Financial | G2  Last week I was in Dubrovnik, Croatia, speaking on a panel at the Mastercard GRL Cybersecurity & Risk Summit. The topic was frictionless merchant onboarding, which employs digital information capture and automated tools in place of paper forms and manual review of traditional merchant applications. It is… read more

As the payment industry continues to undergo significant changes spurred by strong innovation and new payment methods, online merchant risks are on the rise, making it challenging for payment providers to stay one step ahead. With an increase in data compromises and government regulations, as well as new compliance concerns, the importance of performing extensive due diligence before boarding a new merchant could not be greater.

Bringing on the wrong merchant can be detrimental to your portfolio, as you could potentially bear the burden of any fraud, card network compliance violations, chargebacks and data breaches, which can cost you extensive financial damage, not to mention legal and regulatory penalties. Unfortunately, many acquirers do not thoroughly investigate their merchants’ online presence and history of risk. The good news is that many of these potential threats can be avoided by ensuring you follow the right steps and knowing exactly what to look for during the merchant boarding process.

The following are five areas of a merchant’s history to pay extra attention to at boarding:

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