How To Get Your Money Back From PayPal

Since I started this blog two or three years ago, the most popular posts by far in terms of traffic, comments and email was the post I made when PayPal banned my account. Followed closely by the post about how I got my money back from Paypal, and finally the post I made when Pay Pal removed the limit on my account.

To this day, these three posts about my problems with PayPal bring more traffic than nearly all other posts combined (well, maybe not all the Drupal posts, but close). It’s been almost a year since those posts and I still get about 10 emails a month from other people who’s Paypal accounts have been ‘limited’ (aka banned) and their money hijacked for 180 days like mine was.  Some of these emails are from people who’s financial lives (sometimes even their real lives) have been ruined by Pay Pal, and who usually claim they are 100% innocent.. Although I have gotten two or three that admitted they were breaking Pay Pal’s rules and wanted advice on getting their funds released..

All this traffic and interest is great for me and my blog – maybe I’ll start calling myself “The PayPal King” – but it’s not so great for people that “get screwed” by Paypal. and by that I mean when Paypal unilaterally decides to “limit” someone’s account and hold their money for 180 days (that’s 6 months!) when the person has done nothing wrong (as in my case) – leaving the person with virtually no recourse.

So since I can’t answer everybody’s email (i found a bunch in my junk-box months that were months old..I guess I should check there more often) I’m putting together this short synopsis of how I convinced Paypal to return my money before the 180-day freeze and remove the “limit” on my account:

What to do when Paypal puts a limit (bans) on your account and holds your money for 180 days:

  • Don’t panic.. If you haven’t actually violated Pay Pal’s terms of service or policies, there is still hope. I have received at least a-dozen emails/blog comments from people who got their money back within hours/days of following my advice
  • If you did violate PayPal’s terms, then.. well.. I hate to say it, but you’re probably fucked.. give up now
  • Write an email: After you calm down, write a letter/email to PayPal. Explain why you’ve been a good customer, and why you feel there has been a mistake. In the email be sure to let them know what actions you are willing to take if they don’t resolve their mistake to your liking. For an example, see the email I wrote to Pay Pal.
  • Address your email to as many PayPal bigshots that you can. Do some Goog’ling because the names may have changed, but this is who I sent mine to last year:;;;;;;;;;;
  • Spell-check, cross your fingers and hit SEND
  • Remain professional: If all goes well, expect a phone call or a email response. In your discussion(s) remain professional and courteous. Don’t do what this guy did when his PayPal account was ‘limited’
  • Come back here and post a comment if it worked!

That’s really all I did to get my Paypal account un-limited and most of my funds released, and I can’t really offer any advice beyond what I’ve already posted. For those that it does not help, there is always Google Checkout..

15 thoughts on “How To Get Your Money Back From PayPal

  1. I had a problem with them last year when a scammer cleared out almost $500 from my PayPal account.

    I was told that PayPal would not be interested but after contacting them and proving who I was I received my money back within about a week.

  2. There’s a fascinating book written about Paypal, which details their history … they used to be almost locked in battle with Ebay – and I suppose you could say they lost, as they were purchased by Ebay. (Despite winning every battle!) Ebay has definitely moved away from being customer centric – and it shows not only on Ebay – but in their subsidiaries like Paypal as well.

  3. I had a problem with them limiting my account out of the blue. I rarely used it and then I get an email from them stating its blocked. Had no idea why, but I did get it cleared up with a few emails. Ever since then I’ve been a little leery of them. Guess I’m not the only one.

  4. I have another issue. I got scammed by an online company luxurymagazzino website also called Magazzino Italiano LLC and has another site doing same scams same guy scammed me $ 2,000 AUD. Anyway, I paid through paypal. When I received a big ol box of cheap nasty fakes and realised I had ben ripped off, i filed a claim- thinking pay pal would reverse the transaction (because that’s why we use pay pal right! for security and protection). TWENTY MINUTES late I was told, sorry case closed, we only reverse transactions for items that didn’t turn up, not on receiving fraud, counterfeit fake goods. How is this fair? How does this make sense? How can I get my money back?

  5. Hi I used paypal here in Paris, I dont speek french but every time i went to use it it went to french I wanted to pay for channels but ended up getting to different conformation emails for payment of a sight I dont want I think its downloads of bits of music or trailers to films and I have thisz twice how do I stop it and get my money back

  6. Hi there just to say thank you because i did everything you said and i got my money unblocked from the account within 1 week, my account is still limited but i got the money out i now use moneybookers

  7. Please tell me the outcome of my dispute with Ewings? It has been a week and I have not received any information about this claim. #OEY45712HP2644W

    Deanna ERickson

  8. Just an FYI there is now a class action lawsuit against PayPal for this very reason. I believe it’s about to be approved and PayPal will be paying out the wazoo for this.

  9. You debited the same amount of money from two of my credit credit cards held at paypal. The order was canceled by the seller and amount refunded was only from one credit card x..9285 and not the the other credit cards x..9080. Card x..9285 was canceled: why did you usd it?

    Cais ID: # PP-005-566-400-475.

  10. D01-9058185-2253050 , THIS IS WHAT I GOT ,NOT ALL THE PARTS COST MORE TO SEND IT BACK THEN TO BUT IT THEY SAY THEY WOULD PAY ME BACK ,THEY ARE A [ JOKE ] i will cutting up my discover card too!!! what they say is not true, will get your money back !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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