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Restricted Business Types
Last updated: 08 August 2022

The following categories of businesses and business practices are restricted from using Opta Pay ("Restricted Businesses").

In certain cases, businesses listed below may be eligible for payment processing ("Services") with explicit prior written approval from Opta Pay.

Businesses that offer illegal products or services are never eligible to use the Opta Pay Services. The types of businesses are representative, but not exhaustive. If you are uncertain as to whether your business is a Restricted Business or have questions about how these requirements may apply to you, please contact us.

Further, it is prohibited to use the Services for any dealings, engagement, or sale of goods/services linked directly or indirectly with jurisdictions Opta Pay has deemed high risk, such as Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Crimea Region, and Syria.

By registering with us, you are confirming that you will not use the Services to accept payments in connection with the following businesses, business activities, or business practices unless you have received prior written approval from Opta Pay.

  • Financial and professional services
    Investment & credit services Securities brokers; mortgage consulting or debt reduction services; credit counseling or repair; investment services; real estate opportunities; lending instruments
  • Money and legal services
    Financial institutions, money transmitters, and money services businesses, check cashing, wire transfers, money orders; currency exchanges or dealers; bill-pay services; crowdfunding; insurance; bail bonds; collections agencies; law firms collecting funds for any purpose other than to pay fees owed to the firm for services provided by the firm (e.g., firms cannot use Opta Pay to hold client funds, collection or settlement amounts, disputed funds, etc.)
  • Virtual currency or stored value
    Virtual currency that can be monetized, resold, or converted to physical or digital products and services or otherwise exit the virtual world (e.g., Bitcoin); cryptocurrency mining equipment; initial coin offerings; digital wallets, sale of stored value or credits maintained, accepted and issued by anyone other than the seller.
  • IP Infringement, regulated or 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 Opta Pay, Lucus Labs, and our partner's intellectual property without prior written consent from Opta Pay, Lucus Labs or our partners; use of the Opta Pay, Lucus Labs or our partner's name or logo including use of trade or service marks inconsistent with our partners Marks Usage Agreement, or in a manner that otherwise harms Opta Pay, Lucus Labs, or any of our partners or our partners' brands; any action that implies an untrue endorsement by or affiliation with any of our partners or processors.
  • 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
  • Gambling
    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 dispensaries and related businesses; sale of products containing cannabis/ marijuana, cannabidiol (CBD), and their derivatives; 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 explicit 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
  • No-value-added services
    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
  • Products or services that are otherwise restricted by our financial partners
  • Aggregation
    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
  • Drug paraphernalia
    Any equipment designed for making or using drugs, such as bongs, vaporizers, and hookahs
  • High-risk businesses
    Bankruptcy lawyers; remote technical support; essay mills; chain letters; door-to-door sales; medical benefit packages; telemedicine and telehealth services; travel reservation services and clubs; airlines; cruises; timeshares; circumvention, jamming and interference devices; prepaid phone cards, phone services; telemarketing, offering substantial rebates or special incentives as an inducement to purchase products or services; telecommunications manipulation equipment; forwarding brokers; negative response marketing; subscriptions over one year; extended warranties; government grants; embassy, foreign consulate, or other foreign governments; charities without proper registration; credit card and identity theft protection; the use of credit to pay for lending services; any businesses that we believe poses elevated financial risk, legal liability, or violates card network or bank policies; any business or organization that a) engages in, encourages, promotes, or celebrates unlawful violence or physical harm to persons or property, or b) engages in, encourages, promotes, or celebrates unlawful violence toward any group based on race, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, or any other immutable characteristic
  • Multi-level marketing
    Pyramid schemes and multi-level marketing
  • Pseudo pharmaceuticals
    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, or make specific claims about weight loss or improved sexual performance
  • 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 legal substances that provide 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
  • Use of Opta Pay in a manner inconsistent with its intended use or as expressly prohibited in the Opta Pay Services Agreement
  • Use of Opta Pay principally as a virtual terminal (e.g., submitting card transactions by manually inputting card information); processing where there is no bona fide good or service sold, or donation accepted; card testing; evasion of card network chargeback monitoring programs; cross-border acquiring; sharing cardholder information with another merchant for payment cross-sell product or service
Restricted Business categories may be imposed through Network Rules or the requirements of our Financial Services Providers.