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Nutraceuticals Claims Guide

When onboarding a nutraceutical merchant, how do you know which claims are compliant versus which claims cross the line? Obviously, a dietary supplement cannot be marketed with claims to miraculously cure COVID-19, but can it be marketed to relieve joint pain? Or reduce inflammation? What if the merchant’s website is claim-free, but its social media includes claims to help treat hypertension? Can a merchant… read more

Federal Trade Commission Fines Herbal Company $12.8MM Recently, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced its first case challenging an independent retail website in the use of fake paid reviews (See Figure 1). Cure Encapsulations, Inc., and its owner, Naftula Jacobowitz confirmed allegations that they had indeed made false and unsubstantiated claims for their so-called “fat… read more

Last month, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced it had followed a fraud money trail to a den of transaction laundering — compelling the operators to admit guilt, and holding them accountable for assisting in larger criminal enterprises.

With transaction laundering cases gaining greater attention in 2015, it would seem that…

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Last week we had the opportunity to attend the Merchant Acquirer Committee’s regional conference in Los Angeles, where I was impressed by the quality and depth of the information presented.

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The creation of the CFPB by the Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 not only added another financial regulator, it has changed the dynamics of existing regulators. Like an athletic team that has drafted a new player, the incumbents have found themselves sometimes competing, sometimes collaborating.

Or as one bank panelist at the ETA Transact 15 conference in San Francisco put it last week, “we now have the regulatory Olympics.”

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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.

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