The &#$@!%$ Grinches Among Us

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    So I'm getting ready to walk out the door to a doctor's appointment, but wanted to do a quick thing in Illustrator before I forgot. I turn on my computer, decide to check my email and find that my Paypal Debit Card had jumped out of my pocket, borrowed the car and driven to Raleigh, NC and decided to go on a shopping spree at a gas station to the tune of $700!

    So I got to spend the majority of the day talking to Paypal, canceling credit/debit cards, closing bank accounts and gaining a massive headache.

    I spoke with the gas station head office and they said the idiot was probably sitting out in the parking lot offering to pump gas for cash.
  2. Zathros

    Zathros Guest

    I will not use Paypal. They participated in Identity theft and if it wasn't because they messed with the wrong person, as my wife works for a very large bank, I might have gotten taken. I have never had Paypal but they allowed someone to setup a Paypal account in my name after I had ordered $20 dollars of electronics from a company OVER THE PHONE and that person sold my credit card number. That person did not not I had received that card that day and made w transactions, so it was easy to trace. Paypal did nothing to verify that a person from BRAZIL was ordering $4000 dollars worth of electronics. They never thought to maybe call the bank seeing how all of this happened in 2 hours. I did not lose a dime and a big investigation ensued. The guy who took the order was arrested, the company apologized profusely, they sell electronics to the government and military based industries. Paypal should have never allowed that card to be run up like that because it was out of the norm of your spending practices.

    I do not do business with any organization that uses PayPal or runs their MasterCard through Paypal. That is killing a well know model distributor, but I don't think he, or others doing the same thing, realize. it.
  3. arkon

    arkon Member

    it is for reasons like this ,that i have gotten a "pay as you need card foe internet purchases, i only put the amount i need to make the buy.
  4. jaffro

    jaffro Long term member

    is it just me or is it somewhat ironic that the advertisement that appears under the first post is for credit cards?
  5. paulhbell

    paulhbell Member

    I see an advert for a loan company, not credit card. I think the ads vairy for each member.

    I use paypal for a most of my online buying, never had any problems with it. Suppose it's different for each person. Some people have trouble with credit cards, some never have any trouble.


    I do not condemn Paypal as it could happen to anyone. It just happened to happen to me.
  7. zwave343

    zwave343 the human lazor

    i trust pay pal, especially if im using a prepaid card. with only 100 dollars on it. that way, if they want to hijack me, theyll get squat! sorry to here bout your problems.
  8. dexus

    dexus New Member

    I've been using paypal for many years, without problems.. Sorry to hear about yours tho..


    I just happened to get hit...that's all.
  10. Zathros

    Zathros Guest

    The thing about PayPal is I know people who transfer massive amounts of funds through it, without any problems. I imagine, within a couple of years, this stuff will be a thing of the past. My brother in law buys and sells motorcycles, farm equipment, everything through PayPal, and he actually has had excellent luck with them. Likewise, he knows people who have had problems. I think one day, we will be doing fingerprint swipes, or retinal scans, and this will become harder to trick, but ultimately, it's just a data stream sent and once someone has that, the same problem arises. hat is for all businesses though, not just PayPal.
  11. Vortex_4200

    Vortex_4200 Member

    If you don't mind my asking what prepaid card do you use?
    I would like to do the same thing, that is a good idea.
  12. zwave343

    zwave343 the human lazor

    i have mine with mastercard i think. you can by them at major grocers, mine from coles. but im aussie, so i dont know. you might have to do some looking.
  13. Vortex_4200

    Vortex_4200 Member

    will do, thanks.
  14. gridespider

    gridespider New Member

    wow I didnt know paypal could rob you like that/..... I always thought it was safe!!
  15. Rhaven Blaack

    Rhaven Blaack ADMINISTRATOR Administrator

    Yes this is a very serious problem and everyone should be aware of it.

    I do have to say that this is a dead thread, so please, no necroposting.
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