Epassporte, best known for payment processing for adult webmasters as well as a two year entry into online poker processing, has abruptly closed its doors. Epassporte stopped processing online poker transactions in April 2008 after pressure from the Department of Justice. They were never charged with any crime and never paid any type of civil penalty, at least not one that was ever made public.
It seems without the online poker processing there was little revenue for Epassporte. Just last month the Epassporte prepaid Visa shut down abruptly without much in the way of an explanation. This sent their business into disarray. Visa later declared it was due to their program’s “deficiencies” without going into more detail. Epassporte users were sent this message:
Dear ePassporte Account Holders,
It is with great regret we inform you that ePassporte must close its doors due to a lack of revenue and circumstances beyond our control.
Effective immediately, the call center, ePassporte’s sales and marketing team and risk management staff will no longer be available. A small group will remain to organize wallet requests and help disburse funds. On the ePassporte website, in the near future, wallet holders will be provided further information on what is needed to obtain your funds. This will mainly be a process to protect wallet holder funds from fraud. We expect this will be a simplified process, and as we receive the necessary information, our small remaining staff will process requests as quickly as they can. Please direct your wallet questions, concerns and requests to walletrequest@ePassporte.com.
For those of you with funds on your Visa Accounts, we are informed that St. Kitts Bank is working on a plan to provide everyone with full access to their funds through their Visa Electron Cards or by bank wire transfers and will inform you accordingly.
We appreciate your support for the ePassporte program over the past 7 years and deeply regret we must close our doors at this difficult time.