About Christine Speedy

B2B cloud payment acceptance solutions and CenPOS enterprise cloud payment solutions global sales.

Free credit card transaction fees checkup 2020

Merchant services fees gradually increased over time? While technology can optimize fee management, there are multiple reasons new fees or rising fees may occur. With this information, you can do a quick self-assessment and determine whether it’s worthwhile to engage with a payments professional for further review. This method is easier than my B2B credit card processing fact check, while still revealing problems that must be resolved.  As a processor neutral payments expert, Christine Speedy offers a unique perspective.

The areas needing most attention are rate qualification and other fees.

Here’s a shortcut to determine if you have authorization problems, which directly impact credit card transaction fees. Why is this important? Because unless you fix the underlying problem, switching merchant accounts will only provide partial relief from escalating transaction fees like the new MasterCard .25% misuse of authorization fee. If you have any of these items below on your merchant statement, there’s a problem that is causing unnecessary extra costs.

  • Misuse
  • Integrity
  • Compliance or Non-compliance
  • Standard / STD (any)
  • EIRF
  • Data rate I
  • Data Rate II or Data Rate 2
  • Chargeback: FRAUD TRANS-NO CARDHOLDR AUTH
  • Chargeback reason: Compliance

Hint: If you open your merchant statement in Adobe Acrobat, in OSX with command F you can copy and paste the terms above. It’s not foolproof due to varying abbreviations, but you only need to have one of the bad items to know there’s a problem.

For card not present business to business, these are two interchange types you should see, but many often don’t and that is also a problems resulting in higher costs.

  • Full UCAF
  • Data Rate III

I don’t know why, but I get calls from other salespeople in the industry looking for solutions to help customers qualify for Data Rate II. Why wouldn’t you want the customer to qualify at Data Rate III? Makes no sense.

I also hear from merchants how they were told that the new solution would fix their level 3 data problems, but it didn’t. If you do preauthorizations, and the solution doesn’t automatically get new authorizations and manage reversals it’s not going to fix authorization problems. Always ask, “how will the payment gateway manage authorization reversals if we don’t settle for the original preauthorization amount’? That’s one of several critical key questions. If they don’t know the answer instantly, move on.

Due to massive changes in card network rules and data security compliance rules over the last two years, a review by a neutral payments expert is essential. Did you have any red items? It’s time for a deeper dive into why.  Your FREE report will identify issues impacting profits and security, include action items how to fix them, and rarely requires changing financial partners.

credit card transaction fee checkup form

Call Christine Speedy, to reduce merchant fees with new or existing merchant account at 954-942-0483, 9-5 ET. Less than 1% of merchant account salespeople are PCI Council QIR certified. With Christine as your account manager you’re assured a unique experience to maximize profits and security without business disruption.

Massive Travel Industry Data Leak

Prestige Software’s main product Cloud Hospitality, the channel management software to the travel industries biggest consumer buying web sites, including Expedia, Hotels.com, and booking.com left data exposed for over 10 million log files, dating all the way back to 2013. At the November 6, 2020 breaking news, it was not yet known whether the data left open on a server was stolen or not. However, we know that criminals run scripts looking for data all the time so it won’t be a surprise if there was a breach.

A channel manager is used to manage bookings across multiple webs sites, including hotels and restaurants. For example with vacancy management, if there is one room left and someone buys it on booking.com, it will show unavailable on hotels.com. With millions of records exposed around the globe, there is sure to be fall out.

Because both personal and credit card data was exposed, I recommend consumers change their travel web site passwords, email passwords, and keep an on on credit card usage or set up alerts.

The data contained full card data and the security code. It’s a PCI Compliance and card network violation to store sensitive cardholder data, therefore, they could lose the ability to store, transmit, and handle all credit card data. While the booking platforms did not expose the data, there is certainly a weakness. For more information from the team that broke the news, see https://www.websiteplanet.com/blog/prestige-soft-breach-report/.

This incident demonstrates your security is only as good as your weakest link. What actions have you taken to remediate deletion of old records both paper and digital? What about your partners? I know of multiple solutions providers that enable merchants to create their own digital credit card authorization forms. This form is then reviewed or downloaded by an employee, with card data key entered then into some other system by the employee. There are so many things wrong with this, including the signature is not even a valid form of defense for card not present. 3-D Secure is the way to go.

  1. If your company uses a 3rd party for billing and or collections, ask questions.
  2. If you’re not using updated tools to keep card numbers out of employee hands, hardware and software, you’re at risk.
  3. Remember, if cardholder data can be decrypted and viewed, you’re at risk.
  4. If you can see the full card number and security code after authorization, that is not compliant.

Contact me for a FREE checkup for common problems IT and security professionals might miss.

If your company has card data that can be retrieved and viewed, you’re at risk too. I fix that.

Christine Speedy, Founder 3D Merchant Services, QIR certified, is a credit card processing expert with specialized expertise in card not present and B2B payment processing technology. Less than 1% of all merchant services sales representatives are QIR certified by the PCI Council. Christine is an authorized independent sales agent for a variety of merchant services and payment technology solutions.

2020 Referral Compensation Holiday Cheer

Refer a business for a new merchant account and get paid $150 per new merchant account. If the business has multiple locations, you get the referral money for each location, no limits! Valid for USA merchants only and account must be approved by 12/31/2020.

What happens if the merchant is not approved by the end of 2020? The promotion is only valid in 2020, however, it will be reviewed on a case by case basis. If you refer a sizeable account, then you’ll likely get compensated, but depending on the number of locations, there may be a delay.

What happens if the merchant doesn’t sign by the end of 2020, but does sign in January or later? The promotion is only valid in 2020, however, it will be reviewed on a case by case basis. If you refer a sizeable account, then you’ll likely get compensated, but depending on the number of locations, there may be a delay.

Do you pay the referral to a person or to a company? That’s up to whomever does the referral.

Christine Speedy, Founder 3D Merchant Services, QIR certified, is a credit card processing expert with specialized expertise in card not present and B2B payment processing technology. Less than 1% of all merchant services sales representatives are QIR certified by the PCI Council. Christine is an authorized independent sales agent for a variety of merchant services and payment techology solutions.

3-D Secure 2.0 Merchant Overview 2020 2021

3-D Secure is a protocol providing an additional layer of security for eCommerce transactions prior to authorization. It enables the exchange of data between the merchant, card issuer and, when necessary, the consumer, to validate that the transaction is being initiated by the actual cardholder. Ecommerce transactions includes traditional shopping cart as well as any digital payment where the cardholder initiates and completes the payment process. For example, einvoicing or electronic bill presentment and payment are ecommerce transactions.

Each card network has a name for their product that uses 3-D secure, also referred to as 3D Secure, 3DS, 3-D Secure authentication or EMV 3-D Secure. Visa rebranded Verified by Visa to Visa Secure. MasterCard SecureCode (3DS 1.0) merchants are being encouraged to migrate to Mastercard Identity Check which uses EMV 3-D Secure 2.0. American Express SafeKey 2.0 is also available now. 3-D Secure 2.x helps reduce fraud and minimize the need for one-time passcodes, improving the user experience and reducing shopping cart abandonment.

What are merchant benefits for using 3-D Secure?

  • More authorization approvals. False declines are a significant source of lost revenue.
  • Some cards have reduced interchange rates when the authentication is invoked, which are usually over 90% of fees. American Express does reduce rates.
  • Less friction for customers at checkout.
  • Reduced risk of chargeback losses. Fraud liability for “it wasn’t me” automatically shifts to the issuer; Merchants do not have to defend those chargebacks, they never even see them.

How do merchants get started using 3-D Secure?

There are two elements- the payment gateway and the merchant account. Contact your payment gateway company to see if they support it and how to set it up. In most cases, this is simply a back office set up process. Merchants may also need to sign acceptance of pricing. The transaction fees are minimal and typically more than offset by the 11 to 20 basis point reduction in merchant fees on applicable cards.

Christine Speedy, Founder 3D Merchant Services, QIR certified, is a credit card processing expert with specialized expertise in card not present and B2B payment processing technology. Less than 1% of all merchant services sales representatives are QIR certified by the PCI Council. Christine is an authorized reseller for Elavon and CenPOS products and services, in addition to other solutions.