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Merchants Select Services, Inc.

Phone: (813) 837-9117Fax: (813) 837-5623View Additional Phone Numbers3110 S Dale Mabry Hwy, TampaFL 33629-7822

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BBB Accreditation

Merchants Select Services, Inc. is not BBB Accredited.

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Reason for Rating

BBB rating is based on 13 factors. Get the details about the factors considered.

Factors that raised Merchants Select Services, Inc.'s rating include:

  • Length of time business has been operating.
  • Complaint volume filed with BBB for business of this size.
  • Response to 1 complaint(s) filed against business.
  • Resolution of complaint(s) filed against business.

Customer Complaints SummaryRead complaint details

1 complaint closed with BBB in last 3 years | 0 closed in last 12 months
Complaint TypeTotal Closed Complaints
Problems with Product / Service1
Advertising / Sales Issues0
Billing / Collection Issues0
Delivery Issues0
Guarantee / Warranty Issues0
Total Closed Complaints 1

Customer Reviews Summary Read customer reviews

0 Customer Reviews Customer Reviews on Merchants Select Services, Inc.

Customer Experience Total Customer Reviews
Positive Experience
Neutral Experience
Negative Experience
Total Customer Reviews 0 Customer Reviews

Complaint Breakdown by ResolutionAbout Complaint Details

Complaint Resolution Log (1)
01/09/2014Problems with Product / Service | Read Complaint Details

this company told me i could try out their services for 6 months with no contract,which i have in writing and i only used their services for 1 day.

i returned equipment to the company after only one day of use and i'm receiveing bill after bill for an account that should have been closed months ago!they refuse to close my account and are tring to strong arm me into keeping unwanted service!i have in writing that i have no contract with them.

Desired Settlement
i just want them to cancel my account and take back any fragulet fees charged to me!

Business Response
We have spoken to Mr. ****** numerous times in person and by phone. It was our understanding after ***** ******* VP of Sales met with Mr. ****** in person on November 11, 2013 at 1:45 pm, Mr. ****** wanted us to set his company up with his POS system to process credit cards on, in January 2014. It was not until after Mr. ****** received his PCI annual fee charge on December 3rd which is a requirement by Visa MasterCard that Mr. ****** called us about cancelling. I spoke with Mr. ****** on Friday December 12th at approximately 4:15pm and explained in detail what PCI is, and why the fee is charged. Also, Mr. ****** received a four page document in his welcome kit explaining PCI, which is a worldwide requirement to prevent and control identity theft and credit card fraud. When he was not satisfied I told Mr. ****** that I would close his account once I received written consent from him to close it. Mr. ****** faxed over the cancellation letter at 5:30 pm Friday December 13th and by 11:00 am Monday December 16th his account had been closed. We tried diligently to help Mr. ****** and when he was unsatisfied, we cancelled his account immediately, upon receiving written notice.

Mr. ****** cost my company over $1500.00 in set up fees that include boarding, underwriting, profiles builds, downloading, setting up and mailing the welcome kit and the cost of the any other requirement by Visa/MasterCard. Plus all the salary of the personnel that handles a new account. Please understand the processor (First Data) will charge these fees regardless if Mr. ****** continues his processing or not. As the registered merchant service provider I am responsible for fees on Mr. ******'s account for the duration of the contract.

We acted with extreme professionalism, diplomatic and we were ethical with handling Mr. ******'s complaints and resolved his issue by closing his account as requested by Mr. ****** on December 13th, 2013 in a timely fashion less than 3 business day hours, even though my company will be stuck paying his fees on the documents he signed.

***** ******

Final Consumer Response

Additional Information

BBB file opened: 05/12/2008Business started: 02/22/1999
Licensing, Bonding or Registration

This company is in an industry that may require licensing, bonding or registration in order to lawfully do business. BBB encourages you to check with the appropriate agency to be certain any requirements are currently being met.

These agencies may include:

Hillsborough County Business Tax Receipt
601 E Kennedy Blvd 14th Fl
Tampa, FL 33602-4156
(813) 635-5200

BBB records show a license number of 107383 for this company, issued by Hillsborough County Business Tax Receipt. Their web address is

Type: County Business Tax Receipt

Type of Entity


Incorporated: February 1999, FL

Contact Information
Principal: Ms. Elaine "Layne" Partee (Owner/Director)
Business Category

Credit Card Processing Companies

Map & Directions

Map & Directions

Address for Merchants Select Services, Inc.

3110 S Dale Mabry Hwy

Tampa, FL 33629-7822

To | From


1 Locations

  • 3110 S Dale Mabry Hwy 

    Tampa, FL 33629-7822(800) 636-9385
    Fax: (813) 837-5623

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Additional Phone Numbers

  • (800) 636-9385

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