PayPal Comments and the Term Syria(n) May be Hazardous to Your Account!

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condorlover1

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Thank goodness Standard Tobacco never produced Hezbollah Mixture or Arafat's PLO Blend or we would have given PayPal and absolute mental melt down! Like an earlier poster I live in an analogue world, write checks, use only one credit card which I pay off in full each month and prefer to use cash. I keep every receipt which I date stamp and then log in excel spreadsheet, run manual cash ledgers. Got audited by the government boys once and the chap who audited me asked if I had any other hobbies other than advanced book keeping!
 

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wintergarden

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EDIT: Fixed Capitalization in Title (See Rule 9)

I know there has been a lot of issues going around with PayPal, and here is another obscure one!

Myself and member @Pipenwheels went on a wild ride this past week.
He agreed to purchase some Vintage Syrian from me, and paid via PayPal.
I never request Friends and Family payments, but he is newer to the platform, and sent payment via F&F and left a remark "thanks for the Syria" (or something close to that).

They basically instantly froze the transaction and I thought my account was dead for using F&F.

But it turns our it was the term Syria that caused the hold, that took about a week to lift and he had to write and explain to PP what was up. Both ironically, and helpfully, it turns out he lives like 20 min from me, so it probably doesn't look that shady and I don't use my PP account for a bunch of selling anyway.

The rule is always no comments if you are going to send F&F (which I don't advise), but def don't mention Syria, lol!
(And I wouldn't mention it even in a Goods and Services exchange at this point!)
wow thanks for the heads up - some of my ancestry is from Syria - apparently some people call syrians s.y.'s (ess-whyz)like this Austrailian I met in New York once - guess like the derogatory term "leb" - but will def not use that term(syria) any longer for anything payment related. thanks again
 

rx2man

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Yeah, but....
Buyers run scams, too. If you use goods and services as opposed to friends and family, the buyer has six months to file a complaint. My favorite tale is from one of the cigar boards from a few years back. Seller put a sampler of various Dominican and Nicaraguan sticks together, offered it at a good price. Deal was done. Four months pass, then buyer files a complaint. Fortunately the seller had kept the link to the USPS tracking on file, sent that to PayPal showing delivery. Game over, right? Wrong. Buyer then claimed that his 15 year old son had grabbed his credit card, somehow found this cigar forum, and ordered the cigars. Guess who lost that dispute.

I have some baccy listed in the FS area and we had a new member sign up so he could buy 4 bags of Esoterica. 1st red flag he's new, 2nd it's going to a drop ship place in DE...3rd I told him F&F and he just could not figure out how to do it...refunded his money and he has not bothered me since...just seemed too risky from a unknown overseas buyer.
 
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wintergarden

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I have some baccy listed in the FS area and we had a new member sign up so he could buy 4 bags of Esoterica. 1st red flag he's new, 2nd it's going to a drop ship place in DE...3rd I told him F&F and he just could not figure out how to do it...refunded his money and he has not bothered me since...just seemed too risky from a unknown overseas buyer.
You did the right thing
 

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