It’s been nearly nine months now since Paypal froze my account. My crime? I am an evil network marketer.
Yes…if you are a network marketer with a Paypal account…watch out. And I am not kidding.
There is some fine print in the Paypal user agreement that prohibits multilevel marketers from using their services. If you did not know it was there, you do now. Trust me, you do NOT want to fall into this problem area.
I have tried, without success, to get the account reinstated. I am told that the decision cannot be appealed. YET, I continue to receive emails from Paypal, asking me to come back. Irritating, to say the least. Do a search on Google for people who have had their accounts frozen, many times in an arbitrary fashion, and you might be shocked and amazed. I certainly was.
If you sell items on Ebay, beware. Even if you personally don’t do anything wrong, or violate the user agreement, your account may be frozen, at Paypal’s discretion, for any reason whatsoever. Oh, and speaking of ebay, since Paypal and eBay are one and the same, my eBay account was also frozen, due to the Paypal user agreement infraction. And it could happen to you…
Today, I decided to try a new strategy. It seemed simple enough. I called Paypal’s customer service and politely asked them to simply CANCEL my account. The answer? They can’t do that, because my account has been suspended indefinitely… Sorry, but my brain cannot wrap around that kind of logic.
I can’t cancel my account, but I can’t use the account. Hmmm…
Here’s the problem. Many internet vendors only accept Paypal. So, there are two options presented for payment: the first is with a paypal account, the second is to pay the vendor with a credit card, if you don’t have a Paypal account. In my situation, you cannot do either, unless you are an actual REAL criminal and are using a fake credit card number, not attached to a Paypal account.
Anyone out there had better luck than I have with this reinstatement thing? Please comment here and share with us how you did it.
Now mind you, I don’t ever intend to use the account again. It would be stupid to put my business transactions at risk. However, at least I would be able to make purchases via the Paypal gateway, without being stopped in my tracks, because my credit card is recognized as being tied to a Paypal account.
What should you do to prevent PayPal problems?
1. If you are a network marketer, be careful that you never, ever reveal that to Paypal, even if you never intend to buy/sell services or products related to network marketing.
2. Get yourself an AlertPay account, like I did, and get a verified Business Account.
Network Marketers are welcome at Alert Pay.