Low Complaint Total
As of this update, we are able to locate four Electronic Payment Exchange complaints, and none accuse the company of being a scam or a ripoff. One complaint does, however, state that Electronic Payment Exchange is basically the same organization as North American Bancard with the same exact pricing. Two other complaints express frustration with a rude or unhelpful customer support team. This is not a positive sign for EPX’s customer service, but the company’s low overall complaint total indicates that it does not receive the blame for North American Bancard’s well-documented failings.
Electronic Payment Exchange Lawsuits
While Electronic Payment Exchange has not been the subject of any lawsuits or FTC complaints, its parent company North American Bancard has a sordid legal history to say the least.
In September 2002, the State of Arizona filed a complaint against a merchant that processed through North American Bancard, a Nevada corporation called CP Direct, Inc., alleging violations of the Arizona Racketeering Act. CP Direct ultimately admitted to defrauding tens of thousands of customers by falsely advertising penis enlargement supplements. As a result, the company was ordered to pay restitution of more than $4 million and to forfeit assets totaling over $45 million. In May 2004, the receiver for CP Direct, Lawrence J. Warfield, filed suit against Marc Gardner of North American Bancard alleging violations under the RICO Act, conversion, and unjust enrichment.
Specifically, Warfield’s complaint alleged that Global Payments, the backend processor for North American Bancard, placed CP Direct on its watch list in under a year of processing due to an excessive rate of chargebacks. The complaint further alleges that as a result of this, North American Bancard advised CP Direct to create a new company and reapply for processing under the untarnished name. According to Warfield, CP Direct continued to accept its customers’ credit card payments under the fictitious and fraudulently maintained name of “Nutritional Supplements, Inc.” at the direction of North American Bancard. Warfield further claimed that CP Direct was ordered to pay a monthly consulting fee of $250,000 (plus bonuses of $50,000 for each million dollars over $8 million in monthly sales) directly to Marc Gardner as a condition of North American Bancard processing payments for the company. According to Warfield’s complaint, these payments totaled over $700,000. In July 2006, Marc Gardner was scheduled to be deposed in the case, but Marc Gardner’s counsel terminated his deposition immediately after he was sworn in.
Unfortunately, we are unable to locate any third-party sources or legal documents that explain how this suit was ultimately resolved. However, the parties were known to have reached a settlement amount in April 2006. It is therefore likely that the suit was settled. If you have any knowledge of how this case was resolved, please share that information in the comment section below this review.
In 2016, a number of suits were brought against North American Bancard regarding alleged illegal contacting of numerous parties by phone and fax. Allegedly, North American Bancard violated the Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991 by autodialing phone numbers and sending out advertising faxes without consent of the receiver. Many of these suits have reached settlement, including a recent $2.2 million settlement over faxes to a Chicago chiropractor and others.
In April 2020, former employee Teresa Harwood filed suit against Marc Gardner of North American Bancard, alleging that Gardner had created an environment of sexism at the company that was hostile to women. The suit seems to be ongoing at the moment of this writing.
2021 saw a further settlement from North American Bancard in yet another alleged TCPA act violation.
Electronic Payment Exchange Customer Service Options
The Electronic Payment Exchange website lists a dedicated phone support number for merchant support, but we do not consider Electronic Payment Exchange to be a top merchant account provider for customer service.
We have located multiple Electronic Payment Exchange customer service phone numbers:
(866) 581-5239 – Toll-Free Customer Service
(877) 202-7001 – Sales
(877) 891-9386 – Partnerships
EPX also offers a customer support form on its website as well as a customer support email address at [email protected]