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Old Oct 09, 2007, 11:30 AM
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I haven't seen it said explicitly here, but Paypal now has a system which creates a temporary Mastercard number with a very short expiration date (something like 30 days out) that allows a Paypal user to shop on sites that don't accept Paypal. The temporary credit card info has nothing to do with the buyers private account information, so even if it were intercepted, the buyer and their personal funding information is never available to the pirate. The credit card info will validate properly for the seller and Paypal will make the payment, then after the sale the temporary credit card self-destructs.

Pretty neat and very safe for the buyer!
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