ControlScan Releases Online Transaction Laundering White Paper


ATLANTA– July 7th, 2015–ControlScan, a security, compliance and risk management partner to hundreds of merchant service providers representing millions of small and mid-sized businesses (SMBs), announced today that it has released a new educational white paper. Online Transaction Laundering and the Evolving Landscape of E-Commerce Merchant Fraud discusses the size and scope of the online transaction laundering problem, its sophistication over previous methods for hiding illegal e-commerce, and how payments industry stakeholders are working to detect it and mitigate the associated business risks.

Online transaction laundering—the act of funneling payment transactions from an undisclosed URL to a known, seemingly innocuous website—is a form of merchant-driven e-commerce fraud that masks sales of illegal and brand damaging activity such as rogue pharmaceuticals, counterfeit products, illicit pornography, unlicensed gambling and tobacco. In recent years, card-brand fines associated with online transaction laundering activity have caught many acquirers and payment facilitators by surprise.

“Online transaction laundering is a big problem because it requires an all-new approach to merchant risk monitoring,” said Joan Herbig, CEO of ControlScan. “Knowledge sharing is critical to mitigating the problem, as is technology innovation. Our partnership with EverCompliant has helped us be part of the conversation—and the solution.”

In its new online transaction laundering white paper, ControlScan shares data collected through various SiteWatch engagements. SiteWatch, powered by EverCompliant and offered by ControlScan in the United States and Canada, is a cloud-based technology solution that identifies and assesses unreported websites connected to the acquirer’s known merchant, revealing whether there are payment environments to indicate potential transaction laundering activity.

“It’s important to raise awareness of and educate the industry on what’s really going on out there,” said David Abouchar, senior director of product management, ControlScan. “This white paper gives merchant service providers actionable insight into the world of unreported e-commerce.”
The new online transaction laundering white paper is available for free download at


About ControlScan
ControlScan is a security, compliance and risk management partner to hundreds of merchant service providers representing millions of small and mid-sized businesses. ISOs, acquirers and payment facilitators utilize the company’s PCI 1-2-3 and HIPAA compliance programs alongside an array of managed security services to reduce business risk and retain more customers. ControlScan is also an exclusive partner to EverCompliant, offering payments industry stakeholders in the U.S. and Canada the latest, most robust technology solution for online merchant risk monitoring. For more information, please visit or call 800-825-3301.

About EverCompliant
EverCompliant is a leading provider of cyber intelligence that allows acquiring banks and payment service providers (PSPs) to manage merchant-based fraud and cyber risk. Our focus is to provide a range of solutions that give acquirers and PSPs the necessary relevant information to check ongoing and newly boarded merchants, while guiding them through the process of managing online risk, detecting transaction launderers, hidden transaction tunnels and fraud detection. To learn more, visit us at

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