I would like to cancel my account but I'm not allowed because there are recurring payments set. However, I only have one recurring payment in my list and it's inactive for a long time. How can I get my account canceled?
You need to contact customer services to resolve any limitation or account specific issues. Click help / contact bottom left of Paypal pages for options available for your country.
Or have you considered contacting Customer Service via Facebook or Twitter? You can send them a personal message from their Facebook or Twitter pages. It's: https://www.facebook.com/PayPal and @AskPayPal for Twitter.
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