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December 12, 2018

Accepting Venmo in Your Business

There is no doubt that Venmo has become a popular way of moving money from one bank account to another. It can be particularly handy when one friend pays for something such as concert or movie tickets or a cab ride and you need to pay your share. People who don’t have a credit card but have money in the bank. Venmo is owned by PayPal, although PayPal didn’t launch the app: they acquired it in 2014. Originally Venmo could not be used to pay merchants; it was simply a friend-to-friend app. In 2016 Venmo began working with some merchants,...Read more


December 5, 2018

The Secret Service Cracks Down on Credit Card Skimmers

When you think about the Secret Service of the United States, you probably think of them as the security protectors of our president and other elected officials. You probably don’t associate them with being a defender of credit card fraud. Yet that is one of their additional functions. Specifically, the United States Secret Service went into high gear over the Thanksgiving weekend to target a specific kind of credit card thief: the skimmer. A skimmer is a device that is placed into legitimate credit card readers to capture the data of the card being used for a legitimate payment. The...Read more


November 29, 2018

Merchant Fights Fraud – Delivers a Payback

It was back in February or March when Mike Weisberg, owner of Greater Binghamton Limousine Service became a victim of fraud. The thieves would come calling again and again. The third time was the charm and resulted in an immediate arrest. In the first fraudulent encounter, Weisberg received a call asking for immediate transportation to Buffalo, a 400-mile round trip. A trip that cost $875. Weisberg did everything he was supposed to do. He obtained the billing address, the zip code and the three-digit security code. Everything went as planned and the crook even complimented the chauffeur on a job...Read more


November 20, 2018

Avoid Chargebacks with Clearly Stated Refund Policies

Black Friday is upon us. Hopefully your cash registers will be singing on Friday with rapid fire transactions. Along with an increase in transactions, we also see an increase in fraud and chargebacks this time of year. Having a stated refund policy can really help you win a chargeback. Many times people who don’t like the gift that was given to them return it for a cash refund. If you allow that without question then there would be no issue for you. However, if you have any stipulation about returning products such as, “In its original packaging”, “Within X days...Read more


October 29, 2018

Accepting Credit Card Payments Without a Card Present

With a society on the go, many credit card transactions are completed without ever seeing your customer. Today’s busy customer wants to be able to shop online, place orders by phone or simply make a payment without mailing a check or leaving their house. You can provide convenience for your customers by offering methods to pay from where ever they happen to be at the moment they want to do business with you. This is important today because if they can’t do business with you without coming to see you, they are likely to find a competitor that offers such...Read more


October 26, 2018

Friday Fun Facts

YouTube Star Leaves Waitress $10,000 Tip for Waters Mr. Beast, famous YouTube star with almost 9 million subscribers, orders two glasses of water at Sup Dogs and leaves $10K tip for the waitress. The YouTube Star made the day of the waitress on Saturday when he gave away $10,000 in cash after ordering two glasses of water and taking a few sips. Jimmy Donaldson aka Mr. Beast left a note that said: “Thanks for the delicious water.” The waitress, who is a student at East Carolina University, thought everything was a prank. She was so shocked that she didn’t even...Read more


October 19, 2018

Friday Fun Facts

Friday Fun Facts

Florida Man Attacks Mother with Sausages A hangry 22-year-old man was arrested by the police in Florida after he attacked his mother with sausages. Hermes Phillip Callijas was charged with domestic battery a week ago after attacking his mother with sausages. His mother reported that she was with her son in the kitchen when he asked her to prepare him something to eat. She told him that she was busy at that moment but will cook something in a few minutes. This angered the hungry boy and he started throwing sausages at her mother, hitting her in the eye. But...Read more


October 17, 2018

Top Trends Driving the Future of Payment Processing

Future of Payment Processing

The payment processing industry has changed over the last years, and it will continue to do so even faster in the future, considering the constant change in the customers’ behavior and habits, plus the rise of mobile payment platforms. Technology has reinvented commerce, and it opened doors to new ways of engaging with customers. The universe of payments is continuously evolving. A significant number of changes have shaped the payment industry in 2018. The question is: is your business prepared for the future? The more you know today, the more you can prepare for tomorrow. Here are some of the...Read more


October 12, 2018

Friday Fun Facts

Friday Fun Facts

Trick or Treaters over Age 12 Will Be Arrested Halloween revelers in Virginia are hereby warned of potential jail time for trick-or-treaters over the age of 12. The Chesapeake Municipal Code makes it a misdemeanor for anyone over the age of 12 to don costumes and go door-to-door for candy. The penalty for overage trick-or-treating has fines of up to $25-$100 and up to six months in jail. The 1970 law also bans trick-or-treating after 8 p.m., with potential fines of $10-$100 and the possibility of up to 30 days in jail. In Newport News, a law says that “no...Read more


October 5, 2018

Friday Fun Facts

FridayFunFacts

Cathay Pacific Misspells Own Name on Jet What’s in a name? Cathay Pacific Airlines debuted its newest plane with a slight glitch. The letter “F” was omitted from the word Pacific. The new plane rolled out branded Cathay “Paciic”. Cathay Pacific delivered a message on social media after being mocked for the error. “Oops this special livery won’t last long! She’s going back to the shop!”   Pilot Forgets to Pressurize Plane A Jet Airways flight traveling from Mumbai to Jaipur, India returned to Mumbai for an emergency landing after 45 minutes in the air. It seems the pilot forgot...Read more