Payment processors

In addition to the acquiring bank, issuing bank, and card association, the merchant frequently employs the services of a payment processor to facilitate this process and act as the technical interface between the merchant and the payment system. Here you will find a list of the payment processors working with

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Holding credit card companies accountable

Holding VISA accountable for processing illegal transactions!

EFRI always was convinced that payment companies like PAYVISION or Wirecard willingly and knowingly process illegal transactions for Cybercriminals are to be held accountable. The European supervisory authorities massively fail to do this job. So victims have to go legally against the fraud-enabling payment processors. EFRI supports victims that  filed

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Supervised financial institutions facilitating scams

Supervised financial entities showing up in criminal files

Over the last decades, the world has witnessed increasingly massive cybercrime attacks across borders. These crimes are very often facilitated by supervised financial entities, crypto exchanges. With the European financial supervisory authorities being very reluctant to take decisive action against payment companies involved in fraud scams, the harm done continues

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DSA Article 5.3

The New Digital Services Act – a Missed Chance!

During the past four years, the European Commission worked on legislative initiatives to upgrade the EU’s digital services rules: the Digital Services Act (DSA) and the Digital Markets Act (DMA). The Digital Services Act is aimed to establish a new set of obligations for hosting services, marketplaces, and online platforms

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Popular crypto scams

Most popular crypto scams and how to avoid them

Crypto scams are a plague Although we are in a crypto winter with the crash on the markets also driving down the crypto valuations, we still receive emails from victims telling us about the scammers trying to convince them to invest in promising crypto ventures. So Crypto scams are still

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CySEC announcement regarding Maxigrid

CySEC takes action against Maxigrid Ltd and initiates compensation for clients!

Administrative fines and bans for Maxigrid Ltd Finally, on June 17th 2022, The Cyprus Securities and Exchange Commission (CySEC) took action against Maxigrid Ltd. It announced administrative fines totalling € 210,000 and bans against four exercising directors for management functions in Cyprus Investment Firms (C.I.F.s). In specific, CySEC imposed the

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Marina BARAK was the acquittal a misjudgment?

MARINA BARAK – was her preliminary acquittal a misjudgement?

When German and Austrian prosecutors arrested Gal BARAK (the Wolf of Sofia) in Sofia on January 29, 2019, Marina BARAK took over the management of the boiler rooms of the cybertrading platforms xtraderfx, OptionStarsglobal, and safemarkets. Some of the victims registered with EFRI transferred money to the scam platforms by

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