For me at least…
Until now I’ve been using an unverified PayPal account. And it worked very well. Recently though, I’ve hit the $500 USD transfer limit of the unverified account (one can only send a total of $500 USD).
Trying to verify my account I was always redirected to the same page – add another credit card. Every time I did so (not that I have so many credit cards, but still), I was brought back to my profile page. Still unverified.
I asked for help from the support team, and quickly got a response. It seems there is plenty of credit card fraud going on, because they asked me to fax (fax? what’s that?) them these documents:
1. Please include a cover page and address it: Attention – Global
Account Expanded Use Enrolment Process. On the same cover page, include
your name and the email address registered to your PayPal account so we
can identify the account.
2. A copy of a government issued photo identification listing your
name. Examples of acceptable identification include a passport, a full
driving licence or a national identity card.
3. A copy of the credit/debit card statement that shows at least the
last four digits of the card, your name and your postal address that
matches the address registered in your PayPal account.
4. A copy of the front and back of the credit card.
Can I get all those and fax them? Yes. Will I? No.
I think that there is a problem with the credit card system and that it should be fixed (the problem is having all information needed for money withdrawal printed on the card itself). By supplying the above mentioned documents I will be supporting the workarounds and hacks to the problems with credit cards. And that’s something I don’t want to do.