Ongoing monitoring is required by regulatory authorities and credit card organizations as part of enhanced due diligence for certain merchant types. Especially acquirers with many high-risk merchants in their portfolio have to implement a solid monitoring framework. For them, monitoring isn’t an option but a legal obligation.
Hidden high-risk industries could be hiding risky business behind ‘low risk’ MCCs, as this saves them from the acquiring bank’s high scrutiny applied during the on-boarding process of high-risk merchants. Merchants, involved in high-risk business, use camouflage tactics to ‘fly under the radar’ and negotiate favorable (low risk) processing rates.