What Makes a Business Risky?
Successful businesses depend on partnerships with banks and traditional financial institutions even when they are considered High-Risk. If you are considered a High-Risk Merchant looking to process bankcard payments for any of your hard to approve businesses or High-Risk Industries, SecureGlobalPay can help!
These institutions that process bankcard payments must continuously evaluate potential merchants & partners for risk. Businesses that don’t run efficiently, go bankrupt or disappear before paying off their debts can leave sponsoring banks and processors liable. Such businesses are classified as “high-risk.”
Potential “higher risk” & hard to approve businesses typically include those with poor credit scores, bad reputations or a poor revenue stream. Businesses can also be classified as “high risk” if they lack assets or a brick-and-mortar storefront.
Online businesses are often classified as hard to approve or “high risk.” Internet businesses are plentiful among online dating, auction and gambling services we well as adult entertainers, telemarketers and web-hosting companies. All of these business types are considered High Risk for acquiring banks and credit card service providers.
Choose Our High-Risk Merchant Account Experts
SecureGlobalPay can help your accept high-risk credit card transactions online to process credit card payments quickly and effectively.
At SecureGlobalPay, we offer:
- ACH Processing
- Business Funding
- Chargeback Dispute Resolution and Prevention Programs
- Instant Check Processing Solutions
- High-Volume Payment Solutions
- Merchant Cash Advances
- Mail Order/ Telephone Order (MOTO) Processing
- Online Payment Gateways
- Point-Of-Sale (POS) Solutions
SecureGlobalPay has experience working with high-risk merchants. We offer fair, customized pricing options and quality customer support.
Ready to Process Credit Card Payments for High-Risk Merchants
SecureGlobalPay offers online businesses the opportunity to engage with seasoned service providers who have an appetite for higher risk merchants.
We provide high-risk business credit card processing to businesses in the following industries:
- Adult Entertainment
- Credit Repair
- Higher Risk Tech Support
- High-Risk Credit Repair Merchant
- High-Risk Travel
SecureGlobalPay offers services to businesses with a less-than-perfect credit score or history of bankruptcy.
Similarly, businesses that have had prior relationships with their payment service providers terminated will also receive a fair hearing from SecureGlobalPay. Our team is also experienced in working with start-ups, possessing limited or no processing history.
Reasons Merchants are Labeled High-Risk
Each financial institution or online payment processor assesses risk differently. But the two most common indicators of risk are a high volume of chargebacks or suspicion of fraud.
Chargebacks occur whenever products or services purchased by credit cards are disputed. Some industries are particularly prone to this.
A high-risk travel merchant account is classified as high risk because it is more vulnerable to cancellations due to outside factors like the weather and nd last-minute cancellations. The adult entertainment also accrues numerous chargebacks. Customers who use adult entertainment sites then ask for a refund, claiming they never visited the sites.
Other factors that can cause a business to be considered high risk include:
- Business location
- Business size
- Credit history
- Credit card processing history
- High chargeback ratios
- Type of industry
- Whether a business exclusively operates online
High-Risk Versus Low-Risk Merchants
Low-risk merchants entering a chargeback monitoring program are given time to fix any problems before being subjected to additional fees.
High-risk merchants are considered fee-eligible immediately. Monthly fees are charged as part of their chargeback monitoring program. Chargeback fee rates are typically greater for high-risk merchants than for others.
What Happens When a Business is Classified as High Risk
High-Risk merchants can still accept standard credit card payments but are usually subjected to higher processing rates, reserves and monthly volume caps. Banks may also impose up front credit reserve requirement prior to starting a business’ credit card processing service.
Businesses labeled as high-risk can also be reclassified. Demonstrating a positive credit card processing history of at least six to nine months will help. Properly managing a small number of chargebacks is what everyone is looking for and it will definitely help your business get reclassified.. Banks and Acquirer’s technically expect the chargeback rate and ratios to be less than 1% of a business’ total transactions. Let us show you how to get there.
If your business has been classified as high risk, fill out our High-Risk Merchant Account application. Let SecureGlobalPay help your business and guide you on your journey into the black.