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What is a terminated merchant file?

Terminated Merchant File (TMF) is a general term for a merchant blacklist such as the MATCH List. The MATCH List is, effectively, the only TMF currently in use. TMF used to be the more common term but, practically speaking, TMF and MATCH List can be used interchangeably. Merchants who have been placed on terminated merchant file for having excessive chargebacks are prevented from opening a merchant account with a new credit card processor.


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