Archives: September 2017

September 29, 2017

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Sheriff’s Department Receives Numerous Calls About Decapitated Man The Tennessee Sheriff’s Department shared this on their Facebook page: “ATTENTION EVERYONE!!! For those of you driving on Chuckey Pike in Greene County: THIS IS A HALLOWEEN DECORATION! Do NOT call 911 reporting a dead body. Instead, congratulate the homeowner on a great display,” it said.  Several people called to report a man was being crushed by a garage door — only to find a puppet stuffed with straw.  The department sent deputies several times after reports of a “suspicious person lying in a driveway with bloody handprints on the garage.” Couple...Read more

September 27, 2017

Why Trade Association Membership Matters


Chosen Payments is a member of numerous trade associations with good reason.  Trade associations are the backbone of any industry.  Trade associations negotiate discounts on behalf of their membership, provide education, resources and lobbying efforts. We belong to more than 100 trade associations in a variety of industries including  Moving and Storage, Ground Transportation, Jewelry, Funeral, Bridal, Uniform, Housewares and even the National Hot Rod Association.  Belonging to an association  isn’t simply about writing an annual check to cover the association dues.  It’s about taking an active part.  For us, that means providing educational sessions and content to the associations...Read more

September 22, 2017

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Missing Florida Dog Found In New York City A dog that disappeared in Florida last year has been found in New York.  A woman who found the stray dog took it to a rescue group called Bobbi and The Strays, which scanned its microchip and tracked down the dog’s family in West Palm Beach, Florida.  The dog’s owner, Rick Moneck said the news came as quite the shock.  Moneck scoured his neighborhood and put up fliers.  In addition to the chip, the dog named Relay had been wearing a brand new collar with her name and information in brass. Man...Read more

September 20, 2017

Calling In A “Code 10”

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Do you know what a “Code 10” is?  This is perhaps the most underutilized tool for fraud prevention.  You’ve probably taken a phone order before and felt like something just wasn’t quite right.  Or, maybe you are retail merchant and the customer was standing right in front of you.  If it doesn’t feel right, it is considered a “Code 10” or suspicious transaction.  Using a code word allows you to call a special merchant hotline right in front of the customer without alerting the customer to the purpose of your call. What Is A Code 10 Authorization Request? A merchant...Read more

September 15, 2017

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Settlement Reached in Selfie Taken By Monkey Attorneys reached a settlement Monday in a lawsuit over who owns the copyright to a selfie photo taken by a monkey.  Under the deal, the owner of the camera will donate 25% of earnings from the image to charities dedicated to protecting animals.  The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals sued on behalf of the monkey.  Lawyers for the camera owner argued that his company, Wildlife Personalities Ltd., owns worldwide commercial rights to the photos, including a now-famous selfie of the monkey’s toothy grin. Man Drops Ring In Pond During Proposal Seth...Read more

September 14, 2017

Chosen Payments Disaster Fund

  Chosen Payments has created a GoFundMe page to collect funds for our clients affected by the recent national disasters including Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. We have identified three hundred and sixty clients in the affected areas and we want to assist them in getting their businesses opened and functional as quickly as possible. Our CEO, Jeff Brodsly has made the first $2000 donation into the account and many of our staff members have also contributed.  We are hoping that other businesses will join Chosen Payments in contributing. The fund will accept donations through Sunday 09/24. On Monday 09/25...Read more

September 13, 2017

PCI DSS 3.2 – Important January 31, 2018 Deadline & Clarifications

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Technical changes to PCI Compliance are coming in the near future.  This document is intended to be shared with your network administrators, software providers or hardware vendors.  While it is very technical, experienced network managers will understand the terms used to keep your client’s data safe.  In most cases, your software provider will make sure that you adhere to PCI Compliance standards.  However, if you don’t use a commercial software application, this information will be needed by your administrator.  Chosen Payments is always available to assist you with PCI Compliance but it is up to you as a merchant to...Read more

September 8, 2017

Friday Fun Facts


Chuck E. Cheese Coins Can’t Be Used at The Library The Peabody Institute Library in Danvers, Mass. has pleaded with the public to stop paying late fees with Chuck E. Cheese tokens. The library posted a Facebook picture of four tokens with a caption stating: “This summer we’ve had a surge of folks attempting to pay fines and printing fees with tokens from Chuck E. Cheese.  Since they are not legal tender, we cannot accept them.”  Sue Kontos, a bookkeeper at the library, said she has counted coins before discovering they were not the proper currency.  This certainly does not...Read more

September 6, 2017

Are You A High Risk Merchant?


Have you been classified as a “high risk” merchant?  This designation can be given to a variety of merchants based on many different factors. It certainly has a bad connotation to be called “high risk” for anything. You probably pride yourself on running a quality business that plays by the rules. Unfortunately, there are some industries that are just considered high risk and it doesn’t matter how tight you run your business, the credit card issuers such as Mastercard, Visa, American Express and others have deemed your industry to be a high risk industry. No matter how awesome you are...Read more

September 1, 2017

Friday Fun Facts

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Live-In Nanny Needed – $130,000 salary + Maserati A job listing offering a salary of $130,000 per year went viral due to the qualifications list and benefits.  You must have 15 years of childcare experience, a degree in child psychology and trained in self-defense to apply for this live-in nanny job. The job entails minding 4 kids (age 2 to 15), a 6-day work week and travel frequently between homes in London, Barbados, Cape Town and Atlanta.  “Required to travel internationally up to three times a week” is also included in the description.  Other perks include meals cooked by a...Read more