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Decriminalization of Psychedelic Mushrooms May Boost Demand Online

In the United States, the legal status of hallucinogenic mushrooms appears to be at an inflection point. In May 2018, President Trump signed the “Right to Try Act,” which permits terminally ill patients to try drug treatments not yet approved by the FDA, including the use of some psychedelics. Furthermore, Oregon recently became the first…

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The Super Bowl Can Cause Super Problems for Payment Service Providers

Of the top 30 most-watched television broadcasts in the history of the United States, Super Bowl events comprise 29 of them. They have drawn as many as 114 million TV viewers per game and tens of thousands of in-person spectators. That’s an attractive audience for anyone looking to target consumers, including cybercriminals and others engaged…

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AirPods Popular With Consumers and Counterfeiters

The holiday shopping season is in full swing, and both legitimate retailers and cybercriminals are looking to take advantage of this year’s boost in online commerce. With its popular design and high demand, Apple’s AirPods are a prime target for merchants engaged in intellectual property violations. More than a quarter of suspected IP-infringing merchants LegitScript…

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How Typosquatters Trick Holiday Shoppers

December is a peak online shopping season, with Cyber Monday alone reaching billions of dollars in sales. Because the internet is flooded with deals, many shoppers let their guards down and become susceptible to typosquatters, who trick consumers into buying counterfeit products or giving away sensitive information. It’s important for payment service providers to be…

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Moneymaking “Secrets” Are Often Money-stealing Scams

With the coronavirus impacting many people’s jobs around the world, the need for additional income — especially while staying at home — is greater than ever. If there were an easy way to make quick money, all the while sitting in front of your computer for only a few short hours a day, who wouldn’t…

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Regulatory Scrutiny of E-cigarettes Elevates Payments Risk

Vaping and e-cigarette use has risen exponentially in recent years, particularly among youth. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has labeled this trend in youth and young adults’ e-cigarette use as an epidemic, which has ultimately contributed to a shift in regulatory and law enforcement scrutiny of tobacco and nicotine sales. Regulatory approaches to merchants…

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Transaction Laundering Is the Greatest Risk to a Portfolio, New LegitScript Report Says

Among many challenges in the payments risk and compliance space, transaction laundering remains the greatest risk to a portfolio. That is one of the key takeaways from LegitScript’s inaugural Payments Risk & Compliance Benchmarking Report. More than one-third of survey respondents reported transaction laundering as very challenging or extremely challenging, and it is the top…

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Are Your Merchants Selling Extremism?

On May 29, a few blocks from a racial justice protest in Oakland, California, a security officer guarding a federal building was gunned down under mysterious circumstances. After an eight-day search and a shootout at an isolated home that left a sheriff’s deputy dead, the man suspected of the murder was captured: an Air Force…

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Interest in Online Sports Betting Is Rising. But Is It Legal?

The pandemic prompted the closure of casinos across the United States, and gaming venues that are now reopening are generally required to follow strict protocols around physical distancing and sanitation. These changes may prompt more gamblers, including sports betters, to turn to online betting options.  But is online sports betting legal in the US? Before…

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Today’s Multilevel Marketing: New Look, Same Risk for Payment Service Providers

Today’s multilevel marketing (MLM) organizations look nothing like the Amway and Herbalife of the past. Cosmetics and nutritional supplements may still dominate the industry, but companies have expanded into product lines of every sort: essential oils, kitchen gadgets, yoga pants, software, consulting, and pretty much anything else you can imagine. This product expansion, combined with…

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