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Prohibited and Restricted Businesses

 

Use of our services for any Blockchain Corporate registration including dealings, engagement, or sale of goods/services linked directly or indirectly with jurisdictions we have deemed high risk, such as Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Syria, and the Crimea, Donetsk, and Luhansk Regions, or persons/entities we have deemed high risk, such as those individuals or entities named to a restricted person or party list of the U.S.A., United Kingdom, European Union or United Nations, including the sanctions lists maintained by the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control or the Denied Persons List or Entity List maintained by the U.S. Department of Commerce, is prohibited.

 

Additionally, it is prohibited to use our products and services to directly or indirectly export, reexport, sell, or supply accounting, trust and corporate formation, management consulting services, architecture services or engineering services to any person located in Russia. Further, it is prohibited to use our products and services directly or indirectly related to any goods prohibited by law (e.g. luxury goods) from Russia. 

To carry out your Blockchain Corporation purchase agreement, we use data provided by you when you use our services or contact us. This data could be your name, email address, address, phone number, birth date, citizenship and the like. Our customer care services additionally use your order ID when you have an inquiry about your order.

Prohibited Businesses

You must not use our products and services for the following activities.

Illegal products and services

  • Illegal drugs, substances designed to mimic illegal drugs, and equipment designed for making or using drugs

  • Fake references or ID-providing services

  • Telecommunications manipulation equipment including jamming devices

  • Any business or organization that a.) engages in, encourages, promotes or celebrates unlawful violence or physical harm to persons or property, or b.) engages in, encourages, promotes or celebrates unlawful violence toward any group based on race, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, or any other immutable characteristic

  • Any other products or services that are in violation of law in the jurisdictions where your business is located or targeted to

 

Products and services that infringe intellectual property rights

  • Sales or distribution of music, movies, software, or any other licensed materials without appropriate authorization

  • Counterfeit goods; illegally imported or exported products

  • Unauthorized sale of brand name or designer products or services

  • Any other products or services that directly infringe or facilitate infringement upon the trademark, patent, copyright, trade secrets, proprietary or privacy rights of any third party

 

Products and services that are unfair, predatory, or deceptive

  • Pyramid schemes

  • ‘Get rich quick’ schemes including: investment opportunities or other services that promise high rewards to mislead consumers; schemes that claim to offer high rewards for very little effort or up front work; sites that promise fast and easy money; businesses that make outrageous claims, use deceptive testimonials, use high-pressure upselling, and/or use fake testimonials; (with or without a written contract) offering unrealistic incentives/rewards as an inducement to purchase products or services but do not respond to any queries after the purchase

  • No value added services including sale or resale of a service without added benefit to the buyer and resale of government offerings without authorization or added value

  • Sales of online traffic or engagement

  • Negative response marketing and telemarketing

  • Predatory mortgage consulting, lending, credit repair and counseling services

  • Predatory investment opportunities with no or low money down

  • Remote technical support; mugshot publication or pay-to-remove sites; essay mills; chain letters; door-to-door sales

  • Any other businesses that we consider unfair, deceptive, or predatory towards consumers

 

Adult content and services

  • Pornography and other mature audience content (including literature, imagery and other media) depicting nudity or explicit sexual acts

  • Adult services including prostitution, escorts, pay-per view, sexual massages, and adult live chat features

  • Adult video stores

  • Gentleman's clubs, topless bars, and strip clubs

  • Online dating services

 

Certain legal services

  • Law firms collecting funds for purposes other than legal service fee payment

  • Bankruptcy attorneys

  • Bail bonds

 

Firearms, explosives and dangerous materials

  • Guns, gunpowders, ammunitions, weapons, fireworks and other explosives

  • Peptides, research chemicals, and other toxic, flammable and radioactive materials

 

Gambling

  • Games of chance including gambling, internet gambling, sweepstakes and contests, fantasy sports leagues with a monetary or material prize

  • Games of skill including video game and mobile game tournaments/competitions, card games, board games with a monetary or material prize

  • To process payments for an entry/player fee that promises the entrant/player to win a prize in money or money's worth, or to payout winnings of such games

  • Sports forecasting or odds making with a monetary or material prize

  • Lotteries

  • Bidding fee auctions

 

Marijuana

  • Cannabis products

  • Cannabis dispensaries and related businesses

 

Misuse of our Blockchain Corporate products or Private Label Card Programs

  • Use of our products with false, manipulated, inaccurate, or misleading information regarding your identity, business entity, the nature of business, and any other information requested by us (you must inform us immediately of any changes to your personal and business information)

  • Use of our products to facilitate transactions on behalf of another undisclosed merchant or for products/services that were not disclosed in the merchant's account application

  • Use of our online banking technologies as a virtual terminal (e.g., submitting card transactions by manually inputting card information)

  • Processing where there is no bona fide good or service sold, or donation accepted; card testing

  • Evasion of card network chargeback monitoring programs

  • Cross-border acquiring where the business address of the merchant is outside of the jurisdiction of the acquiring Blockchain entity unless permitted under the card network rules

  • Sharing cardholder information with another merchant for payment cross-sell products or services

  • Use of our intellectual property without prior written consent from our head office; use of the our registered Trademarks, names or logos including use of trade or service marks inconsistent with the Blockchain International Marks Usage Agreement, or in a manner that otherwise harms our organization or the Blockchain International brand; any action that implies an untrue endorsement by or affiliation with Blockchain International Corporate Registry Authority

 
The types of businesses listed are representative but not exhaustive.

Additional Jurisdiction-Specific Prohibitions

Hong Kong

  • Marketing lead generation services

  • Unregistered charities

India

  • Alcohol

  • Charities

  • Dating and matchmaking services

  • Lobby groups, political organizations

  • Mining and oil drilling

  • Religious organizations

  • Sex toys

  • Soliciting donations or fund contributions

Japan

  • Animals

  • Donations to individuals

  • Fundraising for or financing businesses that are listed as prohibited/restricted above

  • Health instruments

  • Industrial waste disposal and garbage disposal devices; water purifiers

  • International marriage brokerage businesses

Malaysia

  • Sex toys

 

Mexico

  • Adoption agencies

  • Credit card and identity theft protection services

  • Cross-border currency exchange services

  • Debt collection agencies

  • Direct marketing- travel

  • Electronic cigarettes for card-not-present transactions

  • Ephedrine

  • Game console modification devices

  • HCG weight loss

  • Investment services

  • Penny auctions

  • Pharmaceuticals wholesale for card-not-present transactions

  • Search engine optimization

  • Telemedicine

  • Tobacco for card-not-present transactions

Singapore

  • Marketing lead generation services

  • Sale of ads for any products or services deemed illegal in Singapore; sales of products that facilitate payments to any of these products or services

  • Sex toys

Thailand

  • Psychic services and fortune tellers

  • Unregistered charities

  • Vehicle sales

  • Vitamins

  • Historical artifacts

  • Dating services

  • Surrogacy services

  • Online alcohol sales

  • Timeshares

  • Private investigators, protection services and detective agencies

  • Soliciting donations or fund contributions

United Arab Emirates

  • Historical artifacts, ivory products, prison-made products

  • Sex toys

United States

  • Extended warranties and subscriptions over one year

  • Sex toys

  • Unregistered charities

Restricted Businesses

You must not use our services for the following activities, unless you have received our prior written approval. Restricted Business categories may be imposed through card network rules, requirements of financial partners, or due to compliance and legal obligations. If your business falls into one of the restricted categories, please contact us. We are here to help!

Government Services

  • Government grants

  • Embassy, foreign consulate, or other foreign governments

 

Cannabidiol (CBD)

  • CBD products containing negligible amounts of THC

 

Pharmaceuticals, medical devices and telemedicine

  • Online pharmacies

  • Prescription-only products including card-not-present pharmaceuticals

  • Prescription-only and regulated medical devices

  • Telemedicine and telehealth services

 

Tobacco

  • Tobacco products including e-cigarettes and e-liquid

 

Others

  • Credit card and identity theft protection services

  • Other age restricted goods or services

 

Businesses that may pose elevated financial risk such as:

 

Travel

  • Travel reservation services and clubs

  • Airlines and cruises

  • Timeshare services

 

Non-fiat currency and stored value

  • Prepaid phone cards, sim cards, and phone services

  • Sale of stored value or credits maintained, accepted and issued by anyone other than the seller

  • Sale of in-game currency or game items, unless the merchant is the operator of the virtual world

 

Business models that may be particularly prone to abuse by ‘bad actors’ such as:

Multi-level marketing

  • Businesses where sellers get their revenue both from selling items and from signing up new sellers

  • Network marketing and referral marketing programs

  • Shipping and forwarding brokers

 

Shipping

  • Shipping brokers

  • Forwarding brokers

  • Drop shipping

 

Others

  • Charity sweepstakes and raffles for the explicit purpose of fundraising

 

The types of businesses listed are representative but not exhaustive.

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