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Joliver1
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Disputes

I just signed up for PayPal today (Feb 21 2021) and was scammed by a woman who I sent $25 to through PayPal when I tried to file for a dispute, the only option it gave me was for unauthorized transactions, so I continued on and now PayPal said it wasnt unauthorized and closed it. I need to speak with someone about reopening the claim and letting me change the reason.
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kernowlass
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Re: Disputes

@Joliver1 

 

If the only option you had was 'unauthorised' then it doesn't sound as if you purchased anything but sent a 'gift' of money using the friends/family option and not a payment for an item using the goods/services option???

 

A friends / family (or gift payment) is intended as a transfer of funds from family or friends to one another. For this reason, there is no processing fee when payment is made with bank or PayPal balance.
However as it is a gift payment, there is also no Buyer protection as no goods or services should have been exchanged.

If he was not a close mate or family member you should never use that option as it enables the seller to evade paying his paypal fees and negates your buyer protection at the same time.

You would also not be able to open a dispute apart from one citing an unauthorised transaction but that would be automatically closed as you did authorise the initial payment.

Be careful as using that option for purchasing goods is against Paypal rules and can lead to account limitation.

If you funded your paypal payment via a credit card then contact your card issuer and see if they will help you but unfortunately they may decline as well as it was a gift payment.




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kernowlass
Esteemed Advisor

Re: Disputes

@Joliver1 

 

If the only option you had was 'unauthorised' then it doesn't sound as if you purchased anything but sent a 'gift' of money using the friends/family option and not a payment for an item using the goods/services option???

 

A friends / family (or gift payment) is intended as a transfer of funds from family or friends to one another. For this reason, there is no processing fee when payment is made with bank or PayPal balance.
However as it is a gift payment, there is also no Buyer protection as no goods or services should have been exchanged.

If he was not a close mate or family member you should never use that option as it enables the seller to evade paying his paypal fees and negates your buyer protection at the same time.

You would also not be able to open a dispute apart from one citing an unauthorised transaction but that would be automatically closed as you did authorise the initial payment.

Be careful as using that option for purchasing goods is against Paypal rules and can lead to account limitation.

If you funded your paypal payment via a credit card then contact your card issuer and see if they will help you but unfortunately they may decline as well as it was a gift payment.




Advice is voluntary.
Kudos / Solution appreciated.

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Joliver1
Contributor

Re: Disputes

I appreciate that insight. I'm brand new to PayPal and this was literally my first "transaction". Luckily enough for me, I only lost $25.00, I can chalk that up