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Prohibited Businesses
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Written by Emily
Updated over a week ago

The Textedly Payment product prohibits certain types of business in accordance with Stripe’s Prohibited and Restricted Business list. You must not use the Payments product 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 Stripe considers 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

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


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

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

  • Lotteries

  • Bidding fee auctions


  • Cannabis products

  • Cannabis dispensaries and related businesses

  • Products containing any amount of CBD/THC

The types of businesses listed are representative but not exhaustive. For a complete list and to keep up to date with the most recent posted information, please click here to view Stripe Prohibited and Restricted Business information.

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