PayPal is a popular payment processing system that is used by millions to make purchases and transactions on the Internet. Much of PayPal's appeal stems from the fact that its system supports user to user transactions, and that those transactions are really easy to carry out. In fact, all you need for that is the user's email address.
New PayPal accounts are limited automatically until they are verified. Limitations block certain site features and limit the amount of money that PayPal users can transfer to other PayPal users or withdraw to a bank account.
Accounts can be verified either by adding and confirming a bank account or credit card. Both verification options may not be available in all countries. (You can use this page on the PayPal site for additional information on the process for select countries)
To verify a PayPal account click on the Get Verified link underneath the welcome message on the start page.
You then have the option to verify the PayPal account either by Credit Card or by bank account.
Verify PayPal by bank account
If you select the bank account verification option you are asked to enter the account information in the verification form.
PayPal will make two small payments to the account in the next business days which you need to confirm once they are listed on the account statement. Just visit the PayPal website again to complete the verification by entering the amounts to confirm that you have access to the account.
Verify PayPal by credit card
PayPal will withdraw a small amount of money from the credit card as part of the card's verification. The company will refund the money to the PayPal account after the verification. Verifying by credit card is usually faster than verifying by bank account as it is an automated process.
Verify PayPal by virtual credit card
What can you do if you cannot verify by bank account or credit card? You could create a virtual credit card and use that card to get the account verified. Services like EntroPay offer virtual credit cards. This comes as a price though, as many services require you to deposit money into the virtual credit card account and charge you for that.
As far as EntroPay is concerned; The service does not charge for the account or the creation of the virtual Visa card. It does however charge for loading a credit card, exchange fees and money that's transferred to the card.
Please note that EntroPay accounts need to be verified as well.
It also needs to be noted that the initial account limitation is different from other PayPal account limitations. There are a number of reasons why PayPal limits account, a common one being unusual account activity.
Using a virtual credit card to verify an account should work for users from all over the world. Please note that you may still run into troubles when withdrawing money from PayPal (To be honest, I'm not 100% certain that you can withdraw money to a credit card. You may need a bank account for that after all.).
The credit card is on the other hand useful to get the account verified and to fund money. Plus, you can limit automatic withdrawals to a specific sum of money.
Have you had troubles getting your PayPal account verified? Let me know in the comments.
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