Acuity Merchant Services Expands Merchant Processing With Electronic Check Approval Services from CrossCheck

Paul Demery

ROHNERT PARK, Calif. -- 12/6/05 -- CrossCheck, Inc., the nation`s largest privately held check approval and guarantee company, announced its partnership with Acuity Merchant Services, a comprehensive provider of electronic payment processing services to merchants.

The new partnership allows Acuity merchants to process checks through CrossCheck`s Check Conversion Plussm service; an innovative, patent-pending check service that allows the conversion of business checks. Acuity`s merchant base can now also accept checks over the internet using CrossCheck`s ChecksByNet ecommerce service, as well as approve check orders by phone and fax as part of the CheckNow feature.

"In an ongoing effort to diversify our merchant processing services to include all forms of electronic payment, CrossCheck`s electronic guarantee and approval fills an important niche at a time when consumer and business purchases are trending toward these forms of electronic payment," said Brian May, Marketing Director for Acuity Merchant Services.

"CrossCheck is committed to offering payment programs that are tailored to specific needs and industries, so we are pleased to align our services with Acuity`s existing payment solutions to better facilitate the needs of their merchants," said CrossCheck President and CEO, J. David Siembieda.

About CrossCheck, Inc.:
CrossCheck, Inc. provides check approval and guarantee for a variety of merchants nationwide. For more than 20 years, its goal has been to increase merchants` profits by allowing them to accept more checks and to provide their customers with payment flexibility. Annually, CrossCheck processes and approves billions of dollars worth of transactions for its retail and dealer outlets. CrossCheck is known for industry firsts and cutting-edge technology. Visit www.cross-check.com for more information.

About Acuity Merchant Services:
Acuity Merchant Services is a directly registered Agent for Visa and MasterCard and provides credit and debit card payment services, gift and loyalty card services, healthcare processing, fraud protection, claims processing, and recurring payment schedule management for its network of merchants. AMS has offices in Chattanooga, TN and Birmingham, AL. For more information visit www.acuityonline.com.


For More Information Contact:
Kristin Coughtry
Phone: (707) 586-0551, ext. 9504
Fax: (800) 637-1884
Email: KristinC@cross-check.com


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