The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced a settlement with a group of related companies and two of their officers that used a merchant of record (MoR) model to facilitate sales for merchants. According to the FTC, the MoR businesses violated the law by assisting and facilitating fraudulent telemarketing sales of tech support services and laundering credit card charges through the defendants’ own merchant processing accounts.

The MoR model is one of several novel models payments companies and platforms have launched in the marketplace. While numerous compliance questions related to money transmission and unlawful payments aggregation abound, this particular FTC case warns that consumer protection agencies are taking a closer look at risks presented by the MoR model.Continue Reading Increasing Regulatory Scrutiny for the Merchant of Record Model