Sanding our assholes with 150 grit. Slowly. Lovingly.

Your account has been flagged!

"PayPal Security Measures.

"Dear PayPal Member,

"Your account has been randomly flagged in our system as a part of our routine security measures. This is a must to ensure that only you have access and use of your Paypal account and to ensure a safe PayPal experience. We require all flagged accounts to verify their information on file with us. To verify your information at this time, please visit our secure server webform by clicking the hyperlink below:

"200.57.158.130/cmd\cgi_bin\cmd_login/

"If you choose to ignore our request, you leave us no choice but to temporarily suspend your account.
Thank you for your patience as we work together to protect your account."

Hmmm. They used a spellchecker. They got the grammar and punctuation right. They even came up with reasonable-sounding officialese. How hard would it be to come up with a secure URL for the link that even halfway looks like an official web address?
Permalink Send private email bon vivant 
July 17th, 2007 7:14pm
PayPal can suck donkey dicks.  That company is crazy. 

I had to close my account several months ago because they accused me of committing some sort of violation, wouldn't tell me what I had done, and wouldn't close my account unless I provided them with bank and credit card information that they already had.  I called and the customer service rep, although polite and friendly, was unable to do anything at all about the account.  She couldn't tell me what crime I had supposedly committed, and she couldn't close my account.

I STILL don't know what supposedly was done that was wrong.  I only had one transaction that entire year for like $18.

And yet they pestered me with two separate surveys asking if I was happy with their customer service.

I was not.
Permalink AMerrickanGirl 
July 17th, 2007 7:20pm
If I were you, I'll give them information just in case it's for real...
Permalink Rick Zeng 
July 17th, 2007 7:27pm
I guess if PayPal act like asshats for real, then it makes it easier for phishing attacks like the one above to seem genuine.
Permalink Send private email bon vivant 
July 17th, 2007 7:27pm
"If I were you, I'll give them information just in case it's for real..."

No way.  I closed the account, which fortunately had a zero balance anyway.  Why should I trust them with my personal information if they can't even tell me what rule I broke?
Permalink AMerrickanGirl 
July 17th, 2007 7:40pm
Yeah, they act like asshats. "Your credit card has expired, therefore we are locking your account unless you give us the keys to your bank account." Go fuck off.
Permalink Peter 
July 17th, 2007 8:14pm
>> Why should I trust them with my personal information if they can't even tell me what rule I broke? <<

That's the key to my interaction with them.  I didn't trust them with my bank account info because while on one hand they claimed to be a bank, on the other they were saying "But we're not subject to any of the rules & regulations that go along with being a bank"

If I had no choice but to deal with them, I would open an account at a different financial institution than where I regularly bank, and only keep an amount of money in there that I could afford to lose should they make an "oopsie"
Permalink Send private email xampl 
July 17th, 2007 8:29pm
Sometimes PayPal is a more convenient way to pay people. Small merchants can't deal with credit card payments, and sending a check doesn't work across international borders.

Does anyone have good experience of PayPal alternatives?
Permalink Send private email bon vivant 
July 17th, 2007 8:42pm
I've never had a bad experience with Paypal themselves.  I've heard lots of horror stories, but never had any myself.
Permalink Send private email muppet 
July 17th, 2007 8:43pm
I hate paypal, and people who only accept paypal bug me. At my bank a merchant account is only $30/month. I believe it is even less expensive through Sam's Club.
Permalink anoneemouse 
July 17th, 2007 9:24pm
Oh, come now, AG, just spill the beans and tell us about the dime bags you pushed on PayPal.
Permalink Send private email JoC 
July 18th, 2007 10:31am

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