Debt collection agencies play an important role across many finance sectors. In fact, the debt collections market was worth $18.6 billion in 2021. Yet, the industry is considered “high-risk” by banking institutions, which often makes obtaining a merchant account for a debt collection agency a frustrating process. That’s where PaymentCloud comes in.
Setting up credit card processing allows debt collection agencies to reach more clients by way of offering more payment options. To set up credit card processing, businesses first need merchant accounts.
Because the debt collection industry is considered high-risk, finding the right merchant account is especially important. First, let’s look at how your debt collection agency fits into the business types in the industry.
Many different businesses fall under the umbrella of debt collections.These include collection agencies, debt buyers, healthcare debt purchases, corporate collections, and retail merchant collections. The kind of collections business you operate shapes the payment options you may accept.
A merchant category code (MCC) is a four-digit number that credit card companies use to identify the type of goods or services a business provides. These codes can have a significant impact on a business. MCCs determine interchange rates , taxes, credit card processing fees, and more.
How do merchant codes affect a business in the debt collection industry? Credit card companies assign some merchants, like debt collection agencies, high-risk codes. This means they can be subject to higher fees and even denied by payment service providers.
Accepting card payments will help your company’s bottom line. To do so, you need a merchant account that best serves you. With a merchant account specializing in high-risk collection agencies, you can rid yourself of the uncertainty of high-risk payment processing and reap the rewards of receiving credit card payments.
There’s a wide variety of reasons a business may be classified as high-risk. A merchant can be high-risk due to its number of transactions, products, industry, chargeback rate, fulfillment timeframes, or fraudulent transaction counts. Collection agencies are considered high risk because they are trying to collect on a debt that wasn’t paid on in the first place. Furthermore, when collecting on this debt with a credit card the cardholder might still try and dispute the charge out of anger.
Chargeback rates (the rates at which payments are returned due to disputes or refunds) play a major role in the debt collections industry. Banks will often deny debt collections agencies a merchant account due to their chargeback ratio. Collections merchants are often subject to a large number of chargebacks.
If your merchant account is shut down, it can be very difficult to apply for another. That’s why merchant accounts specializing in high-risk services are the best option.
At PaymentCloud, establishing high-risk merchant accounts is our specialty. We offer cutting-edge merchant services catering to all your needs. This includes:
PaymentCloud offers a variety of payment solutions and chargeback management tools to help your business be competitive in today’s market. Below are some of our most popular payment solutions:
Many banks deny merchant accounts to debt collection agencies despite industry regulations that were put in place to address the industry’s negative reputation and consumer complaints. Currently, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) monitors and regulates the industry.
The Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) is one such industry regulation. The FDCPA is a consumer protection amendment that went into effect in 1978. It deters collection agencies from abusive practices. It does so by ensuring that those avoiding abusive practices are not disadvantaged.
PaymentCloud is here to help you secure a merchant account for your debt collection agency today. For new businesses, allow us to simplify the process of high-risk payment processing . We’ll get you processing credit cards simply and quickly.
For existing businesses seeking better rates, new equipment, or state-of-the-art security, we can help you. We offer free rate reviews, and PCI compliant online credit card processing.
Whatever your payment processing needs, PaymentCloud has the solution.
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