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This just happened to me. I bought some board games (wargames) via the Board Game Geek market, put the titles in the message so the seller would know which ones I was ordering, and got the "your payment is pending per review as required by government regulations" message. From what's been said in this thread, I suspect a word in at least one of the game titles triggered this - possibly "battle", "battles", or "revolt", or maybe even "Armageddon". It's quite annoying and I've advised the seller. Hopefully it gets released, if not I'll just have to re-submit it without the offending words, whatever it/they were.
EDIT/UPDATE 3/21: After reading through this thread and a couple of others, I suspect it's the word "Armageddon", which appears in the title of one of the games I bought. That, or "revolt", which appears in another game's title.
I sent an invoice to a customer yesterday and my description included "nigerian" as I was describing a specific type of garnet (spessartite) gemstone from an African locale, There were no other location related keywords that would have flagged the system.
I ordered a collectible coin from a rare coin dealer in New Jersey. The coin is from the reign of the last Shah of Iran, so the coin description mentioned Iran. That must have triggered the "government hold". This is really idiotic.
Just got hit with this BS myself. Tried to buy a batch of miniature paints. I'm guessing it's the one called gory red that tripped the filter.
I've been on Paypal for 20 years, and eBay for 19. I really dislike that eBay still uses Paypal to process credit cards... I got bit by this today by buying a Western Electric telephone with the title "Western Eletric Trimeline Rotery Dial Phone AS IS PARTS ONLY !!!!!" Misspelled, yes. But to cause me to have a pending payment to "protect" someone? Hardly. This is really, really, stupid, eBay and Paypal.
Just had this happen to me today. Bought 2 items "Smokey Blue Resin Pendant Alcohol Ink Epoxy Resin Jewelry" and "Lime Green Alcohol Ink Resin Crystal Pendant Petri Art Crystal Resin Pendant". Got a message from paypal to wait 72 hours. I called them and they could not say much other than "the system randomly checks transactions". There should be absolutely no reason that after 15 years of hassle-free transactions as buyer AND seller that I have to be put through this nonsense. What world are we living in that everything is deemed "suspicious"?
I paid for a Pokémon card. Persian is not some kind of terrorist term, it's just a Pokémon card that does not require the government to check I am not doing anything remotely in relation with terrorism.
Please remove this stupid check, my money is on hold for several days because of this **bleep**, and I paid the seller via direct money transfer as a result of this BS. Now I have spent twice the money while waiting for the money to be released so I can be reimbursed of my first payment.