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Old Mar 24, 2012, 03:24 PM
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Paypal is screwing me around! Any advice?

Paypal sent me an e-mail saying that I am nearing the $5000 transaction limit for my account and therefore I need to be "verified". They say they want my bank account information so that they can "deposit a small amount" into my account to "verify" that the account does indeed belong to me. I've never heard of such a thing! I've had this PP account for 3 years and never had an issue of any kind. None! What are they after? If anyone else here has had the same notice I would appreciate it if you would share your story and how you resolved the issue. I'm not even sure this is not some kind of scam or hacking operation.
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Old Mar 24, 2012, 03:52 PM
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I verified my account years ago. It is innocuous.
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Old Mar 24, 2012, 03:58 PM
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Me too. They deposit $0.15 or so into your acct, you verify the amount, and that's it. Totally worth it.
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Old Mar 24, 2012, 04:33 PM
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I got a email from "Pay Pal" yesterday saying I needed to update my account bank info.

They obviously want the account number and the routing number BUT I grew suspicious when they wanted my regular PIN number for ATM use.

When I looked up at the address bar it was not a Pay Pal site but something like CalvinClean.com?????

SCAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!
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Old Mar 24, 2012, 04:34 PM
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Re: The OP - yep - no worries at all.

Re: Above post - good on ya for not falling for it.
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Old Mar 24, 2012, 04:34 PM
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Me too, verified 10 years and a day past.
I know there was a max limit without verification, but did not know it was up to 5K now.
I have never had a security breach.
If you are concerned, you could open some chump account at XYZ bank, then set up transfer from your primary.
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Old Mar 24, 2012, 04:36 PM
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I got a email form "PayPal" yesterday saying I needed to update my account bank info.

They obviously want the acount number and the routing number BUT I grew suspicious when they wanted my regual PIN number for ATM use.

When I looked up at the address bar it was not a PayPal site but something like CalvinClean.com?????

SCAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!
Yep. That is a valid concern. For ANY online account information, NEVER click links in emails, no matter how official they look. For paypal emails, I ALWAYS type the address in the browser, and verify that it comes up with a lock icon and a green checkmark from Mcafee.
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Old Mar 24, 2012, 04:37 PM
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Oh, the Phishing.

Also, do so directly with PayPal and never ever through any link.
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Old Mar 24, 2012, 04:40 PM
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Real PayPal emails will always address you by your first name.
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Old Mar 24, 2012, 04:50 PM
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If you're ever in doubt,forward the E-mail to spoof@paypal.com
They will tell you if it's phishing or legitimate.
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Old Mar 24, 2012, 05:20 PM
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Open up a separate bank account just for Paypal and never keep in it more than you can afford to lose.
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Old Mar 24, 2012, 05:21 PM
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I verified my account years ago, no problems. Just make sure you are dealing with the real paypal by entering the web address yourself instead of using a link or bookmark.
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Old Mar 24, 2012, 05:33 PM
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To verify your account, dont do it through an email link. Do it at paypal.com. I and probably almost everyone on here have verified our accounts. It makes moving money around much easier. Some people obviously dont want to and thats fine too. Just cant go over that limit lol
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Old Mar 24, 2012, 05:43 PM
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I had a hassle with Paypal when they let someone scam me for a $800 camera. Lucky I had Paypal hooked to me Visa. 3 days later Visa returned the money to me. 6 months later Paypal finally corrected their mistake. Long story short I was out $18 conversion from US to CAN. even though I had nothing to do with the camera charge. Paypal kept sending me a form letter stated how exchange works, great except you let someone commit fraud on my Paypal account without my knowledge so why should I take a $18 loss because Paypal is not as secure as there ad's suggest.

Having your Paypal account hooked to your bank account is a bad idea. Having it hooked to a credit card doubles the security. I purchase everything I can with CC now and only use PP when no CC are taken. Once bitten twice shy.
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Old Mar 24, 2012, 06:32 PM
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Thanks! to all who have taken the time to reply. There is a lot of good information in your replies. I'm pretty sure I know what I'm going to do now.
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