i just recieved a email from Merchant Plus. I just enrolled.
Due to the increase in hacker activity and resulting consumer fears of using credit cards online, Visa and MasterCard have recently imposed a mandatory security standard for all merchants, including Level 4 merchants processing less than 20,000 transactions a year.
As of June 30, 2005, you are required to be compliant with the Payment Card Industry (PCI) security standards or risk fines and permanent expulsion from card acceptance programs.
For most merchants, this means enrolling with a Visa and MasterCard-certified security vendor for PCI certification services consisting of Quarterly Security Scanning of your office and store Internet connections as well as your website, plus the completion of a Security Self-Assessment Questionnaire.
It is imperative that you act now to become compliant with the PCI security standards to avoid potential fines and being barred from transacting credit cards. Visa and MasterCard have imposed fines of more than $500,000 per event for non-compliance and data security compromises.
MerchantPlus is here to help. We have contracted with ScanAlert™, the world's largest Web site security certification service, to provide this service to our customers at NO COST for the first year and just $19.00 per year thereafter.
If you select a vendor other than ScanAlert, you can expect to pay between $500 and $5,000 annually for this service.
As a valued customer, your continued business success is important to us. Failure to act now could result in serious fines and the loss of your ability to accept credit cards. As such, we have worked to provide you with a FREE offer from ScanAlert.