The following categories of businesses and business practices (the “Restricted Businesses“) are restricted from using the Techception Platform and Services (the “Services”.) Restricted Business categories may be imposed through Network Rules. In certain cases, businesses listed below may be eligible for processing with explicit prior approval from Techception. Note, however, that businesses that offer illegal products or services are never eligible to use our services.
By registering with us, you are confirming that you will not use the Service to accept payments in connection with the following businesses, business activities, or business practices, unless you have received prior written approval from the Payment Services.
Illegal products and services
Intellectual property or proprietary rights infringement
Sales, distribution, or access to counterfeit music, movies, software, or other licensed materials without the appropriate authorization from the rights holder; any product or service that directly infringes or facilitates infringement upon the trademark, patent, copyright, trade secrets, or proprietary or privacy rights of any third party; use of the Payment Services intellectual property without prior written consent from the Payment Services; use of the Payment Services name or logo in a manner that otherwise harms the Payment Services or the Payment Services brand; any action that implies an untrue endorsement by or affiliation with the Payment Services
Counterfeit or unauthorized goods
Counterfeit goods; unauthorized sale or resale of brand name or designer products or services; sale of goods or services that are illegally imported or exported
Lotteries; bidding fee auctions; sports forecasting or odds making for a monetary or material prize; fantasy sports leagues with cash prizes; internet gaming; contests; sweepstakes; games of chance including legal or illegal forms of gambling, internet gambling, sweepstakes and contests with a buy-in or cash prize; charity sweepstakes and raffles for the explicit purpose of fundraising
Regulated or illegal products or services
Cannabis and marijuana dispensaries and related businesses; CBD products, illegal drugs and controlled substances, sale of tobacco, e-cigarettes, and e-liquid; online pharmacies; prescription-only products including card-not-present pharmaceuticals; peptides and research chemicals; fake references or ID-providing services; age restricted goods or services; weapons and munitions; gunpowder and other explosives; fireworks and related goods; toxic, flammable, and radioactive materials; products and services with varying legal status on a state-by-state basis; goods or services, the sale of which is illegal under applicable law in the jurisdictions to which your business is targeted or directed
Adult content and services
Pornography and other obscene materials (including literature, imagery and other media) depicting nudity or explicitly sexual acts; sites offering any sexually-related services such as prostitution, escorts, pay-per view, adult live chat features; sexually oriented items (e.g., adult toys); adult video stores and sexually oriented massage parlors; gentleman’s clubs, topless bars, and strip clubs; sexually oriented dating services
Unfair, predatory, or deceptive practices
Get rich quick schemes
Investment opportunities or other services that promise high rewards
Mug shot publication or pay-to-remove sites
Platforms that facilitate the publication and removal of content (such as mug shots), where the primary purpose of posting such content is to cause or raise concerns of reputational harm
Sale or resale of a service without added benefit to the buyer; resale of government offerings without authorization or added value; sites that we determine in our sole discretion to be unfair, deceptive, or predatory towards consumers
Engaging in any form of licensed or unlicensed aggregation of funds owed to third parties, factoring, or other activities intended to obfuscate the origin of funds; payment facilitation
Any equipment designed for making or using drugs, such as bongs, vaporizers, and hookahs
Pyramid schemes and multi-level marketing
Nutraceuticals, pseudo-pharmaceuticals and other products that make health claims that have not been approved or verified by the applicable local and/or national regulatory body
Social media activity
Sale of Twitter followers, Facebook likes, YouTube views, and other forms of social media activity and online traffic
Substances designed to mimic illegal drugs
Sale of a legal substance that provides the same effect as an illegal drug (e.g., salvia, kratom)
Video game or virtual world credits
Sale of in-game currency or game items, unless the merchant is the operator of the virtual world.
If you are uncertain as to whether your business is a Restricted Business, or have questions about how these requirements apply to you, please contact us.