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What is a high risk merchant account?

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Answer by stymiee
Some businesses by their very nature have higher then normal chargeback rates. Sometimes this is due to the product or service offered by the merchant being in high demand but also being high priced (e.g. high end electronic, jewelry, etc.). Sometimes it is because the service causes customers to be misled whether intentionally or not (e.g. multi-level marketing schemes). Regardless of the root cause these businesses will usually find it difficult, if not impossible, to establish a merchant account.

The businesses considered to be high risk will vary from merchant account provider to provider. However, there are some businesses and industries that are consistently considered high risk. This list includes:

* Adult Book Stores
* Adult Entertainment
* Adult Novelties
* Adult Video Stores
* Advanced Sales
* Check Cashing Services
* Child Pornography
* Collection Agencies
* Credit Repair Services
* Dating/Escort
* Diet Marketers/Programs
* Exotic Dancing Establishments
* Multi-level Marketing
* Pharmacies (Card Not Present/Internet)
* Pornography
* Sexual Encounter Firms
* Telemarketing
* Time Share
* Travel Clubs/Tours/Guides
* Vacation Packages

For these businesses to accept credit cards they typically have to turn to high risk merchant account providers. These companies are typically off shore and always charge higher rates then traditional merchant account providers. Rates can go as high as 20% of sales and some may charge set up fees of $ 1,000 or higher. The reason why these rates and fees are so high is the high risk merchant account provider needs to make sure they make enough money to cover the costs of the high number of chargebacks they will receive.

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If so, what are the reasons? does it mean that it’s also risky to book flights with them?

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Answer by Sophie
they tend to overcharge, and are not so trustworthy when it comes to saving you $ $ $ .

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Looking for a high risk payment processor (merchant account)?

Question by wicked_redhead3: Looking for a high risk payment processor (merchant account)?
I’m going to try and ask this question one last time. I am looking for a payment processor for a adult dating site. I have searched for weeks for one in the US and so far none that accept this type of business so I am now looking for payment processing companies in other countries. Please do not respond is you are doing a quick search and post a few names that show up. I have already done that. I am wanting to hear from people that use a company and can suggest a company that they use or have used with having no problems with them.

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Answer by Robert
The only one that I know of is charge.com I have been recently looking for a high risk merchant payment gateway as well (though not for adult related industry) and aside from some offshore places, they were the only one that would take me on. I ended up forming another company that has absolutly nothing to do with my business and getting a merchant account for that company. Since my original company owns 51% of the new company, it is legal for me to use it to pull my payments.

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What’s the average rate of acceptance for high risk merchant account applicants put under the TMF?

Question by Phoenix: What’s the average rate of acceptance for high risk merchant account applicants put under the TMF?

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Answer by Merchant Helper
I’ll be upfront with you, its not good. < 1%. Processors take TMF's very serously and it is hard to place merchants that have been TMF'd. Its much easier to resolve the TMF, or in some cases reincorporate.

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What is the best alternative for a high risk merchant account’s personal guarantee?

Question by Jake G: What is the best alternative for a high risk merchant account’s personal guarantee?

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Answer by Marie C
There are several alternatives but confidence from your high risk merchant account provider usually comes from your ability to be able to pay them once you owe them money. The letter of credit acts as guarantee that you will be able to pay your provider in the form of loan from your own bank. The letter of credit will only be used only under the conditions written in it.

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