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Global Prohibited and Restricted Businesses

Rapyd has strict guidelines regarding the businesses, products, and services that we deem to be prohibited or restricted from using Rapyd’s Services or Rapyd Global Payments Network.

  • Prohibited – we will not process for these products and services

  • Restricted – may be eligible but only with prior approval in writing from Rapyd Compliance.

The types of businesses listed below are representative, but not exhaustive. Businesses that offer illegal products or services are never eligible to use Rapyd.

If you are uncertain as to whether a business is Prohibited or Restricted or you have questions about how these requirements apply to your clients, please contact Rapyd Compliance (compliance@rapyd.net).

Prohibited Products and Services – will not be allowed

1 Adult entertainment, website or contents such as:

  • Sexually oriented items such as sex toys
  • Adult escorts, prostitution services and massage parlours
  • Child pornography
  • Male or Female Sexual Enhancement Supplements or Products
  • Video texting or paid subscriptions to live-streaming where it involves adult erotic content or conversations
  • Gentleman’s Clubs, Strip Clubs and Topless Bars

2 Counterfeit items

3 Credit repair services

4 Drugs or drug proprietors selling illegal substances

5 Drug paraphernalia that involves equipment designed for making or using drugs

6 Espionage equipment and accessories

7 Gambling providers or transactions including games of chance

8 Human remains and body parts

9 Illegal investment schemes

10 Illegal downloads of movies, music, computer and video games

11 Illegal software – e.g. Malware, Software to break encryption of phones/computers

12 Illegal sale of financial information (e.g. bank accounts, bank cards)

13 Mail order brides services

14 Poisonous and hazardous materials

15 Products/Services promoting abuse, hatred, racism, religious persecution, terrorism, violence or contain offensive content

16 Pyramid or ponzi schemes

17 Sanction list inclusions (global)

18 Shell banks and companies

19 Signal Jammers/Blockers that interferes with cellular/communication devices

20 Stolen goods including digital and virtual goods

21 Surrogacy services

22 Tattoo Parlours

23 Tobacco / Cigar / Electronic Cigarette / Nicotine content products

24 Trade of weapons, ammunition, military arms, explosive devices and firearm parts

25 Any other category, products or services that Rapyd decides to prohibit, in its sole discretion.

Restricted & High Risk Products and Services – require written pre-approval

1 Airlines

2 Online Travel Aggregators (OTAs)

3 Ticketing agencies

4 Auctions

5 Marketplaces, including Crowdfunding, eCommerce Platforms, and On-Demand Services

6 Drop shipping

7 Pawn Shops

8 Bankruptcy lawyers

9 Securities Brokers & Investments of any kind, such as:

  • Securities
  • Currencies
  • Derivatives
  • Commodities
  • Shares
  • Foreign currencies
  • Options
  • Other financial instruments

10 Gold and precious metal dealers (physical or online)

11 Synthetic or non-traditional Securities, including CFD brokers or dealers

12 Cryptocurrencies including cryptocurrency exchanges

13 Charities or Not-For-Profit Organisations

14 Online dating services

15 Fantasy sports league, e-sports gaming or tournaments

16 Games of skill where participants receives cash or cash-equivalent prizes

17 Selling of likes and followers for social media (Instagram, Youtube, Facebook etc)

18 Video game or virtual world credits

19 Private medical practice and/or online doctor consultation (e-doctor)

20 Products or services related to religious, political or social campaigning

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