For Immediate Release:

Date: May 10, 2003
Place: San Diego, California
Contact: Steve Eazell-Director National Sales and Marketing
Phone: 1-866-300-3376
Fax: 1-707-836-1979

US Merchant Services Unites with Secure Payment Systems

SPS to Provide Check Authorization Services for USMS Customers

Secure Payment Systems, one of the nation's leading check services companies and the only company that provides a truly integrated check conversion and gift card program is pleased to announce that they have developed a strategic alliance with US Merchant Services to offer its superior check guarantee services. USMS will offer SPS check guarantee processing to all new and existing retailers through their extensive number of Independent Sales Offices and Representatives.

US Merchant Services, one of the nation's leading providers of credit card processing services, will add SPS check guarantee services including their unique 'PayDay' Program, offering a 90 days same as cash payment option to its growing suite of value added services.

"We are pleased to provide a true risk management solution to USMS retailers" commented Steve Eazell, Director-National Sales and Marketing for Secure Payment Systems. "In this time of economic uncertainty, merchants must feel safe in accepting all payment types. Checks are still one of the leading payment options to consumers, preferred second only to cash for purchases at the point of sale, so we are only glad to help USMS retailers generate more sales this way."

"Secure Payment Systems offers a true solution to us for our retailers and agents," Remarked Steve Norell, Founder, CEO and President of US Merchant Services. "Their extensive suite of risk tools give us a real leg up on the competition, absolutely love their '90 days same as cash' PayDay feature, and are happy to be working with them."

About Secure Payment Systems, Inc

Secure Payment Systems, Inc. (SPS) ( was founded over 6 years ago by Linden (Lin) Fellerman, former 20 year employee and 10 year President of the Telecredit / Equifax Check Services subsidiaries. With over 25 years of entrepreneurial achievement in transaction processing and risk management systems, Lin fosters a hands-on management philosophy resulting in what may arguably be the lowest merchant attrition rate in the industry. He attributes this success, and a 40% annual growth rate, to unprecedented customer service levels that begin and end with a philosophy that empowers sales agents and employees while rewarding and encouraging unusual attention to detail.

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