Creating a Secure High-Risk Merchant Account in 2022


    Along with COVID-19 came a sharp increase in cybercrime. Unfortunately, high-risk merchants such as collection agencies, online pharmacies, or CBD businesses,  are among the most vulnerable to these cyber assaults. As a result, it’s critical for merchants to stay up to speed on the latest developments in merchant account security. Better yet, if you choose a payment provider offering cutting-edge tools and solutions, you can rest assured your high-risk merchant account is evolving to adopt the latest security technology as new threats appear.

    Review Your Current Security Options

    The first step to guarantee a secure high-risk merchant account is to review your current payment provider’s offerings. This examination should be done once a year to ensure that your processor is up to par. Don’t be afraid to ask questions to guarantee you are getting the most bang for your buck. While some security solutions may come with a price, choosing not to upgrade your high-risk merchant account puts your company’s online financial security at risk.

    Must-Have Security Features

    There’s no need to deprive high-risk merchants of industry-standard fraud prevention technologies because they’re risky. Many of these tools are completely free; all you have to do is figure out what they entail. These merchant account services, typically found in your payment gateway, will provide a safe environment for financial transactions without breaking the bank.

    Let’s have a look at some standard fraud prevention measures you should put in place right away to ensure a secure high-risk merchant account.

    AVS Response

    The Address Verification System compares the billing street and zip code on file with the customer’s issuing bank to match.

    Bin Type Blocker

    This security feature allows you to accept or reject cards by their type (credit, debit, prepaid, and unknown) and credit card issuer (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover).

    Country Blocker

    This feature allows you to block or accept transactions depending on the nation from which they originate.

    Credit Card Blocker

    Payment gateways often keep a list of known malicious/stolen credit card numbers. To deny cards on your gateway’s list, enable the option.

    Duplicate Detection

    The module may be used to identify and eliminate duplicate transactions. It’s frequently utilized to prevent double charges in shopping carts.

    Email Blocker

    This fraud tool allows you to approve or reject transactions depending on the customer’s unique email address or domain.

    Multiple Credit Cards

    This option is primarily utilized to prevent fraud victims from utilizing your high-risk merchant account to test stolen credit card numbers. You may use it to block transactions when numerous cards are processed/rejected within a set period.

    Transaction Amount

    Any transactions that fall outside of a transaction amount range you’ve specified will be rejected.

    Security Matters

    In conclusion, it’s always good to stay up-to-date on the latest security measures for your high-risk merchant account. However, it’s difficult when juggling so many other responsibilities like running a business and staying current with marketing trends. Luckily, Payment Savvy is here to help! We offer cutting-edge solutions that keep pace with the rapid evolution of payment fraud protection technology as new threats appear all around us. Contact one of our experts today to see how we can help protect your company against cybercrime!

    Chad is a serial entrepreneur and founded Payment Savvy in 2011 armed with the goal of providing high-risk establishments with a pioneering and tailored payment processing solution that allows them to flourish. Having decades of knowledge in the financial services and debt recovery industries, he ensures every client receives the same level of expertise, resourcefulness, and strategic vision no matter the size of the organization. Always willing to push the envelope, Chad’s forward-thinking and leadership skills are responsible for Payment Savvy being on the map as an industry-leading payment processor.


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