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This comprehensive list of websites will help direct MAC members to answers for many of their questions. Search below for websites dedicated to information on various elements within the payments ecosystem.

Type Link Description
Acquiring MAC Member The home page for Merchant Acquirers' Committee. A superb resource for all your needs as an aquirer - everything from risk strategies trends, to PCI. A powerful inter-agency resource; communicate with other members to enhance your own operation.
Acquiring SEAA Southeast Acquirers Association is a not-for-profit, non-membership, independent association for all acquiring bankcard professionals. Founded in 2000, the SEAA was established on the importance to educate the ISO and MSP community, providing economical access to the payment processing industry's latest trends and regulatory changes.
General, Acquiring Global Legal Info Global Legal Information Network
General, Acquiring WSAA Western State Acquirers is a not-for-profit, no membership organization, independent forum dedicated to keeping acquirers educated and informed on the ever changing needs of our industry.
General, Acquiring Not for Profit lookup This site allows you to look up an organization claiming to to be a non profit or not for profit organization.
General, Payment Industry House Value Find out the value of houses in Austin, Dallas / Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio. We provide current appraised values, recent comparable sales, and many other useful pieces of information.
General, Payment Industry PCI Mastercard's PCI Mechant Educational Program
General, Payment Industry Merchant Services Mastercard's page of helpful links for merchants.
General, Payment Industry Mastercard SDP Program MasterCard SDP Program is designed to help members, merchants and Service Providers - Third Party Processors (TPPs) and Data Storage Entities (DSEs) - proactively protect themselves and the overall payment system against the threat of compromises.
General, Payment Industry Credit Card Verfier Online Credit Card Veifier
General, Payment Industry Visa Merchant Resource Visa merchant resource center.
General, Payment Industry Cardholder Security The Visa Cardholder Information Security Program (CISP) aims to secure Visa cardholder data wherever it resides, requiring that members, merchants, and service providers maintain the highest information security standards
General, Payment Industry AMEX Merchant Services Everything you need to accept the Card is here. Plus, learn about credit card processing, how to set up Automatic Bill Payment, protect yourself from fraud, get more information on data security and manage your account using Online Merchant Services.
General, Payment Industry Transaction World Transaction World Magazine is a full-color monthly publication serving Independent Sales Organizations and Merchant Service Providers in the electronic transaction processing industry.
General, Payment Industry MRC Merchant Risk Council. It is the mission of the MRC to foster a safe environment and enhance the value proposition for merchants and all constituents by improving operational relationships. Through our efforts, the promise of eCommerce will be realized. Our vision is to make the internet a preferred place to shop and sell.
General, Payment Industry IAFCI International Association of Financial Crime Investigators. IAFCI is comprised of public and private industry professionals who collectively work to prevent financial fraud worldwide.
General, Payment Industry ETA The Electronic Transactions Association is an international trade association representing companies who offer electronic transaction processing products and services. The purpose of ETA is to influence, monitor and help shape the merchant acquiring industry by providing leadership through education, advocacy and the exchange of information.
General, Payment Industry Nat'l White Collar Crime The mission of NW3C is to provide a nationwide support system for agencies involved in the prevention, investigation, and prosecution of economic and high-tech crimes and to support and partner with other appropriate entities in addressing homeland security initiatives, as they relate to economic and high-tech crimes.
General, Payment Industry CFCA The Communications Fraud Control Association goal is to provide invaluable training and information that will increase competencies needed to combat the new fraud and revenue protection challenges that continue to emerge worldwide. In the triple play environment in which companies offer bundled voice, data and video, fraud vulnerabilities must remain under control to ensure profits.
General, Payment Industry ACFE The mission of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners is to reduce the incidence of fraud and white-collar crime and to assist the Membership in its detection and deterrence.
General, Payment Industry Additional Links Additional link provided by CyberCop, a division of the ESP Group, LLC. - a security-focused Application Service Provider (ASP) providing highly secure, web-accessible portals to handle sensitive information for Government and Commercial clients.
General, Payment Industry Identity Theft Prevention Card cops strives to protect consumers from Identity Theft by providing them with the means of determining whether their credit card or other personal information has been compromised and help global Internet merchants reduce online fraud by identifying transactions containing compromised data.
General, Payment Industry Consumer World Consumer World has over 2000 links to everything 'consumer' on the Internet, including product reviews, buying advice, consumer rights, and scam alerts.
General, Payment Industry Links Consumer.gov is a “one-stop” link to a broad range of federal information resources available online. It is designed so that you can locate information by category − such as Food, Health, Product Safety, Your Money, and Transportation. Each category has subcategories to direct you to areas within individual federal web sites containing related information.
General, Payment Industry Rip Off Report The Rip-off Report (ROR) is a privately-owned and operated consumer rights activist website with the stated purpose of giving consumers a voice in disputes with corporations and public figures. Aggrieved individuals are asked to submit their complaints, and, after being screened for personal information and curse words (which are redacted), those statements are posted online with the expectation that public exposure will apply pressure to the targeted businesses. The administrator of Rip-off Report, Ed Magedson, solicits descriptions of scams and rip-off claims and publishes those reports as examples of corporate fraud.
General, Payment Industry Better Business Bureau The BBB states its purpose is to act as a mutually trusted intermediary between consumers and businesses to resolve disputes, to facilitate communication, and to provide information on ethical business practices,
General, Payment Industry Lectric Law Library Website with links to rights and protection materials on problems and questions consumers may face.
General, Payment Industry GLIN The Global Legal Information Network (GLIN) is a public database of official texts of laws, regulations, judicial decisions, and other complementary legal sources contributed by governmental agencies and international organizations
General, Payment Industry NCJRS NCJRS is a federally funded resource offering justice and substance abuse information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide.
General, Payment Industry Criminal Justice Links Criminal justice links provided by the College of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University.
General, Payment Industry Routing Number Search This website enables you to search for FedACH participant RDFIs by their name, location (state, or state and city), or routing number.
General, Payment Industry FTC This website is a one-stop national resource to learn about the crime of identity theft. It provides detailed information to help you deter, detect, and defend against identity theft. On this site, consumers can learn how to avoid identity theft – and learn what to do if their identity is stolen. Businesses can learn how to help their customers deal with identity theft, as well as how to prevent problems in the first place. Law enforcement can get resources and learn how to help victims of identity theft.
General, Payment Industry Identity Theft Link National Consumer League's Fraud Center's mission is to give consumers the information they need to avoid becoming victims of telemarketing and Internet fraud and to help them get their complaints to law enforcement agencies quickly and easily.
General, Payment Industry Fraud Education The ACFE is the world's premier provider of anti-fraud training and education. Together with nearly 45,000 members, the ACFE is reducing business fraud world-wide and inspiring public confidence in the integrity and objectivity within the profession. The mission of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners is to reduce the incidence of fraud and white-collar crime and to assist the Membership in its detection and deterrence.
General, Payment Industry National Check Fraud The National Check Fraud Center, a private organization, provides nationwide, updated multi-source information and intelligence to support local law enforcement, federal agencies, financial and retail communities in the detection, investigation, and the prosecution of known check fraud and white collar crimes. Assistance and support is provided in the areas of check fraud, forgery, counterfeiting, bank fraud, and white collar crimes.
General, Payment Industry Internet Security Symantec Security Response provides customers with comprehensive, global, 24X7 Internet security expertise to guard against today's complex Internet threats.
General, Payment Industry ASIS American Society for Industrial Security, ASIS International (ASIS) is the largest organization for security professionals, with more than 36,000 members worldwide. Founded in 1955, ASIS is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness and productivity of security professionals by developing educational programs and materials that address broad security interests.
General, Payment Industry Internet Security The Honeynet Project is an international, non-profit (501c3) research organization dedicated to improving the security of the Internet at no cost to the public.
General, Payment Industry Security Consulting Mitnick Security Consulting, LLC is a full-service information security consulting firm. Founded by Kevin Mitnick, Mitnick Security Consulting offers a comprehensive range of services to help businesses protect their valuable assets.
General, Payment Industry Internet Security SecurityFocus.com is an online computer security news portal and purveyor of information security services
General, Payment Industry Internet Security The Acunetix development team consists of highly experienced security developers who have each spent years developing network security scanning software prior to starting development on Acunetix WVS.
General, Payment Industry Internet Security Steve Friedl is a IT security consultant and communications controller.
General, Payment Industry List of ISPs Search for ISPs by location or area code.
General, Payment Industry WiFi Alliance The Wi-Fi Alliance is a global, non-profit industry association of more than 300 member companies devoted to promoting the growth of wireless Local Area Networks (WLANs). With the aim of enhancing the user experience for wireless portable, mobile, and home entertainment devices, the Wi-Fi Alliance's testing and certification programs help ensure the interoperability of WLAN products based on the IEEE 802.11 specification.
General, Payment Industry Internet Security The RIPE NCC is an independent, not-for-profit membership organisation that supports the infrastructure of the Internet through technical co-ordination in its service region. The most prominent activity of the RIPE NCC is to act as the Regional Internet Registry (RIR) providing global Internet resources and related services (IPv4, IPv6 and AS Number resources) to members in the RIPE NCC service region. The membership consists mainly of Internet Service Providers (ISPs), telecommunication organisations and large corporations located in Europe, the Middle East and parts of Central Asia.
General, Payment Industry Internet Security Latin Amercian and Caribbean Internet Address Registry's mission is to administrate Internet numbering resources, contributing to the creation of collaboration and cooperation opportunities that will benefit the regional Internet community
General, Payment Industry Internet Security APNIC is one of five Regional Internet Registries currently operating in the world. It provides allocation and registration services which support the operation of the Internet globally. It is a not-for-profit, membership-based organisation whose members include Internet Service Providers, National Internet Registries, and similar organisations. APNIC represents the Asia Pacific region, comprising 56 economies.
General, Payment Industry Network Software Extensive shareware network software collection. Downloads are categorized in categories including FTP, Archie, Ping, Finger, Proxy, Firewalls, Log Analyzers, Telnet, and Security applications.
General, Payment Industry Supply chain management Supply chain management technology. The new generation of supply chain management solutions from i2 enables companies to do just that, with reduced risks and costs. By leveraging the i2 Agile Business Process Platform, companies experience a lower total cost of ownership. Workflow changes can be easily made for new process requirements, reducing the cost of customization. Because i2 predefines the majority of every solution through a workflow library, solutions can be implemented more quickly. And less integration work greatly shortens time to results.
General, Payment Industry Mars Banks Base Banks database with search, filter and sorting possibilities.
General, Payment Industry Exchange Rates Currency rates and currency converter
General, Payment Industry IT Security Darkreading.com's mission is to be the top security news source for enterprise IT and network security professionals, providing the most up-to-date information about products, management strategies, architectures, and security policy.
General, Payment Industry IT Security Security site the provides news and information to their users regarding information technology security.
General, Payment Industry Bank of Canada The Bank of Canada is the nation's central bank. They are not a commercial bank and do not offer banking services to the public. They have responsibilities for Canada's monetary policy, bank notes, financial system, funds management. Their principal role, as defined in the Bank of Canada Act, is to promote the economic and financial welfare of Canada.
General, Payment Industry Canada Dept of Finance Canada's Department of Finance
General, Payment Industry Clearing & Depository CDS manages the clearing and settlement of trades in both domestic and cross-border depository-eligible securities. All CDS participants use CDS’s trade clearing and settlement services.
General, Payment Industry Spectrum Field Services Spectrum Field Services has provided creative field service solutions for the real estate and financial services industries. Spectrum’s focus is primarily on two niche field service markets: - Property preservation and maintenance (with particular emphasis on REO properties) - Specialty inspections
General, Payment Industry List of State Bar Assoc United States Process Service provides a comprehensive nationwide listing resource of Lists of State Bar Associations categorized according to the location they serve.
General, Payment Industry Bank Search by Routing # Federal Reserve E-Payments Routing Directory, search for banks via routing number.
General, Payment Industry Sic Code Search US Dept of Labor Sic Code Search
General, Payment Industry PCI Advisor A tool to help show you the threats facing your network and how the Cisco Self-Defending Network will help protect your business and guide you towards PCI Compliance.
General, Payment Industry Uni Cambridge Laboratory University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory on security.
General, Payment Industry NACHA Op Regs NACHA Operating Regulations
MAC Events and Collateral Security Metrics - Level 4 Presentation Security Metrics presentation, "Challenges and Solutions for Level 4 Compliance"
Merchant Analysis Drop Box Locator This tool is useful to rapidly identify those applicants with an address listed as a postal service center (drop box). Most fraudsters use these as their office address.
Merchant Analysis Domain Info (WhoIs) This tool provides general information about where the merchant is located and most importantly when the website was created and usually who registered the site.
Merchant Analysis DL Locator This web page links to most state drivers license issuing authorities. Most pages include information on security features associated with their licenses.
Merchant Analysis Guide Star This site provides search capability for non-profits, as well as other information on those merchants.
Merchant Analysis Natl Assn of Counties National Association of Counties
Merchant Analysis Accurint Accurint
Merchant Analysis Auto Track XP Auto Track XP
Merchant Analysis Merlin Merlin Information Services
Merchant Analysis Know X Know X
Merchant Analysis D & B Dunn & Bradstreet
Merchant Analysis Lexis Nexis Lexis Nexis Total Research System
Merchant Analysis Infobel Infobel World
Merchant Analysis Skipease / People Skipease- People Search
Merchant Analysis Skipease / Public Skipease Public Records
Merchant Analysis Reverse Directory Reverse Phone Directory
Merchant Analysis AnyWho AnyWho online directory
Merchant Analysis Searchbug Searchbug
Merchant Analysis Blackbook Blackbook online
Merchant Analysis Yahoo People Yahoo people search
Merchant Analysis Pay Phones Pay Phone directory
Merchant Analysis Infospace Infospace; home to white- and yellow pages, as well as Dogpile meta search engine
Merchant Analysis IAF People search, White- and Yellow-pages, background checks, reverse phone directory.
Merchant Analysis Big Yellow Book White- and Yellow-pages
Merchant Analysis Zaba Zaba search
Merchant Analysis House Almanac House Almanac
Merchant Analysis The Wayback Machine Shows website changes over time.
Merchant Analysis Corporations by State Search for registration of corporations, corporate filings, divisions of corporations, and corporation records by state.
Merchant Analysis People Search People, phone, and business search
Merchant Analysis Email Addresses Search for email addresses
Merchant Analysis Email Addresses Advice on how to find an email address.
Merchant Analysis SSB Death Index Search the Social Security Death Index .
Merchant Analysis Registry for Internet ARIN's WHOIS service provides a mechanism for finding contact and registration information for resources registered with ARIN. ARIN's database contains IP addresses, autonomous system [AS] numbers, organizations or customers that are associated with these resources, and related Points of Contact [POC].
Merchant Analysis WhoIs Search Search by domains, IP addresses, or NIC handles.
Merchant Analysis IP Search Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. The non-profit corporation responsible for IP address allocation, protocol parameter assignment, as well as domain name and root server system management.
Merchant Analysis Who Is Domain Search Engine
Merchant Analysis Pre-employment Screening ScreenNow®, created and maintained by ChoicePoint®, is an online pre-employment screening service used by HR professionals and hiring managers.
Merchant Analysis Site-Inspection Services Request Site is a professional site-inspection and consulting company which specializes in site-inspection services. Request Site is a company that differentiates its services from the competition by providing the industry with the maximum measures for site surveys and investigations.
Merchant Analysis Contractors License Link to find a State to See License Requirements or Find Out if A Contractor is Licensed in That State
State - Judicial Shor(er) Desc Full Desc
State - Legislative California Legislative Official California Legislative Information
US - ATF Firearms Federal Firearms License Holder Network
US - ATF American Firearm Industry Amfire.com provides political insights, industry news, gun reviews, community forums, manufacturers list and other firearm industry information.
US - ATF Imitation firearms List of penalties for entering into commerce of imitation firearms
US - ATF Firearms Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives Firearm Program information link
US - ATF Antique Firearms ATF's link for information regarding antique firearms.
US - Census US Census US Census Bureau
US - Dept of Justice Computer Crime & Int Prop US Dept of Justice- Computer Crime & Intellectual Property Section
US - Dept of Justice Justice Statistics Bureau of Justice Statistics
US - Dept of Justice Links Copnet.org's links to various Justice Departments.
US - Dept of Justice US Dept of Justice United States Department of Justice
US - FBI FBI Internet Complaint FBI Internet Crime Complaint Center
US - FBI FBI Main site, Federal Bureau of Investigation
US - Homeland Security Secret Service Main site for the United States Secret Service (recently moved from the Treasure Dept. to Homeland Security)
US - Homeland Security Secret Service (E-Info) E Information Network, another resource from the US Secret Service
US - Homeland Security Financial Crimes Network Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN)
US - Homeland Security ATF Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms
US - Other FDIC Main site, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
US - Other NSA National Security Agency
US - Other SEC Securities and Exchange Commission. The United States government agency having primary responsibility for enforcing the federal securities laws and regulating the securities industry/stock market.
US - Other CIA Central Intelligence Agency
US - Other US Accountability US Government Accountability Office
US - Other Federal Prisons Federal Bureau of Prisons
US - Other IALEIA International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts is the largest professional organization in the world representing law enforcement analysts. It is based in the United States, and is a non-profit 501-c-3 corporation. IALEIA supports chapters throughout the world, in accordance with a policy manual. IALEIA has a certification program for analysts, a code of ethics and bylaws providing structure for the organization. We represent law enforcement analysts in a variety of venues, and provide an environment of community by establishing regional chapters. We also provide liaison to members worldwide with Regional Directors who sit on the IALEIA Board.
US - Other Taxpayers Against Fraud Taxpayers Against Fraud Education Fund is a nonprofit, public interest organization dedicated to combating fraud against the Federal Government through the promotion and use of the Federal False Claims Act and its qui tam provisions.
US - Other Zip Code Look Up Search for zip code by address, city, company, etc.
US - Other US Financial Committee The Committee oversees all components of the nation's housing and financial services sectors including banking, insurance, real estate, public and assisted housing, and securities. The Committee continually reviews the laws and programs relating to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Federal Reserve Bank, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, and international development and finance agencies such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. The Committee also ensures enforcement of housing and consumer protection laws such as the U.S. Housing Act, the Truth In Lending Act, the Housing and Community Development Act, the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, the Community Reinvestment Act, and financial privacy laws.
US - Other NYSE New York Stock Exchange
US - Other FINRA Financial Industry Regulatory Authority
US - Other Federal Reserve Bank Federal Reserve Bank of New York
US - Other Thrift Supervision Office of Thrift Supervision (OTS)
US - Postal Inspection Service USPIS United States Postal Inspection Service
US - Treasury Comptroller of Currency Office of the Comptroller of Currency Office (OCC)
US - Treasury Engraving & Printing US Bureau of Engraving and Printing
US - Treasury Foreign Asset Control Foreign Assets Control is a bureau under the US Treasury (OFAC)
US - Treasury OFAC Office of Foreign Asset Control. All merchants are responsible for ensuring they are not doing business with any parties that fall under US trade sanctions. OFAC maintains a searchable list that makes this task simple and quick for the merchant - while helping them avoid potential liability themelves.
US - Treasury NY State Bank Department NY State Bank Department (NYSBD)
US - Treasury Federal Reserve of Kansas Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas research and data center. Lots of white papers and research reports as well as additional resources.