Exploring PCI Compliance and Virtual Card Onboarding with Elevate

Khalil Osman

Head of Growth, Elevate Pay

Jan 17, 2024

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4 minute read

The Crucial Significance of PCI Compliance and AML Regulations

As a PCI compliant company, Elevate adheres to the stringent requirements set by PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard). When considering a card or bank, it's essential to verify that the company takes PCI compliant measures seriously. These protocols represent a comprehensive framework of security standards designed to ensure the secure management of payment card information. These standards play a pivotal role in safeguarding sensitive payment data against breaches, fraud, and unauthorized access, particularly in relation to cards. Adhering to PCI compliance not only prevents data breaches but also builds customer trust as they are reassured that their payment details are handled with the utmost security throughout the entire lifecycle of a card transaction. Moreover, the consequences of non-compliance can lead to substantial fines, legal repercussions, and reputational damage for businesses. Many industries mandate PCI compliance for any business that processes card payments due to its crucial role in maintaining industry regulations. From the moment a payment card is issued for transactions to the secure storage and processing of cardholder data, PCI compliance ensures that all stages of the payment card ecosystem are fortified against security vulnerabilities. This commitment to data security also dovetails seamlessly into the broader landscape of financial regulations, including the vital realm of Anti-Money Laundering (AML) regulations.

AML regulations, or Anti-Money Laundering regulations, are a set of laws, regulations, and procedures designed to prevent and detect activities related to money laundering, terrorism financing, and other forms of financial crimes. AML regulations require financial institutions, businesses, and individuals in certain industries to implement measures that identify and report suspicious activities that could be indicative of money laundering or other illicit financial activities. These measures typically include customer due diligence, reporting of large transactions, monitoring of financial activities, and maintaining records of transactions. This holistic approach forms the bedrock of a secure financial environment. Now, as we shift our gaze, let's explore the streamlined voyage of virtual card onboarding through Elevate.

Commencing Your Elevate Virtual Card Application 

With Elevate, virtual cards are issued upon account opening. Prior to this, we request a "source of income" document from users. While seemingly straightforward, this step is crucial in ensuring Elevate is meeting its anti-money laundering (AML) and fraud prevention requirements . Elevate's compliance team will then verify the validity and authenticity of the source of funds documents. This allows us to minimize Elevate's, and our partner banks risk, while protecting our customers.

Source of funds refers to the origin of the money used in financial transactions. As previously mentioned, verifying the source of funds is necessary for preventing money laundering, fraudulent activities, and other illicit practices. This verification is essential not only to comply with anti-money laundering regulations but also to reduce the risk of fraud and unauthorized issuance of payment cards. The process involves users providing documentation that validates the legitimacy of their funds, such as bank statements or employment records. Analyzing users' income histories helps assess any potential red flags. Upon the successful approval of all source of funds documents, in conjunction with the initial $500 deposit, users gain the green light to access their Elevate virtual card.

Conclusion

Embark on your financial journey today with Elevate, a company firmly grounded in the principles of PCI compliance. Beyond the mere act of providing cards, our ethos revolves around crafting an entire journey marked by meticulous steps and unwavering dedication to user satisfaction and security. Elevate guarantees the security of your data, prioritizing its protection, while continuously striving to deliver an exceptional experience.

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© 2024 Elevate Pay. Bloom Financial Technologies Inc trading as Elevate Pay is a financial technology company, not an FDIC insured depository institution. Banking services provided by Bangor Savings Bank, Member FDIC. FDIC insurance coverage protects against the failure of an FDIC insured depository institution. Pass through FDIC insurance coverage is subject to certain conditions. The Elevate Pay Mastercard® Debit Card is issued by Bangor Savings Bank, Member FDIC, pursuant to license by Mastercard International Incorporated. Mastercard is a registered trademark, and the circle design is a trademark of Mastercard International Incorporated. Spend anywhere Mastercard is accepted.

© 2024 Elevate Pay. Bloom Financial Technologies Inc trading as Elevate Pay is a financial technology company, not an FDIC insured depository institution. Banking services provided by Bangor Savings Bank, Member FDIC. FDIC insurance coverage protects against the failure of an FDIC insured depository institution. Pass through FDIC insurance coverage is subject to certain conditions. The Elevate Pay Mastercard® Debit Card is issued by Bangor Savings Bank, Member FDIC, pursuant to license by Mastercard International Incorporated. Mastercard is a registered trademark, and the circle design is a trademark of Mastercard International Incorporated. Spend anywhere Mastercard is accepted.