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anyway to get a refund doing family and friends?

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anyway to get a refund doing family and friends?

So I was scammed out of $260 on a purchase.  They talked me into doing friends and family, and I should not have done that.  Is there any recourse at all? Cant they trace it back through his email account?  It takes a certain amount of information to set up a paypal account.  I may not get my money back, but I would like to stop him from doing it to someone else.  He has done this to a lot of people.

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Re: anyway to get a refund doing family and friends?



Course they can trace it but why? You sent that person a 'gift' of money so little paypal can do about it.


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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