Once again, PayPal has struck again with overzealous silly policies, that do not make very little sense.
Cali Lewis had an issue when she used PayPal for the conference she organized with John Poz called OpenCamp.Â You can read their story here.
Chris Pirillo had $450 stolen from him through iTunes and PayPal gave him a hassle. You can read his story here.
All of this begins at Hobby Airport located in Houston, Texas where I was returning from business. I sit in the terminal looking for free Wifi knowing I had almost two hours till my flight took off. My options were limited in such a small airport so I went for the Hotspot feature I purchased Â for my new iPhone 4S before my trip. After booting up and getting connected I noticed the speeds were less than desirable. Since I had a significant amount of Â time to get work done I decided to purchase the one-time Boingo wireless in the airport for $7.95. As I proceeded to the payment screen I noticed they had PayPal as an option to pay. I was getting ready to use my business check-card but instead opted for PayPal because I had not yet set-up my VPN and did not want to enter my credit card number. My PayPal information was securely entered on my computer through a handy application called LastPass. I proceeded through the payment screens and was granted access to the full internet after little trouble from Boingo. In the next few minutes I received an email from PayPal pictured.
At first I thought this email was one of the many spoof emails I got from being a PayPal Member. I looked closely at the headers and the information presented in the email. I noticed the email has no outside links and was from a PayPal.com email. I looked into my PayPal account to find it was intact limited.
- FULL Bank Account information or my FULL Credit Card number on file.
- I find this really odd because they knew I was an unfamiliar location. I find it a security concern in itself to be entering my FULL credit card number from the compromised location they thought I was at. Needless to say I proceeded through this first step because I had set-up a VPN to protect my privacy in area such as an airport.
- Password Change
- This step isn’t too crazy or outlandish just inconvenient
- Security Question Change
- Once again,Â This step isn’t too crazy or outlandish just inconvenient
- Location Verification
- I had no idea what this step meant at first. In the options I had a choice of a call to my registered phone number or to send a postcard to my house. I opted to have the phone call to my business line which is a Google Voice number that goes to my cell phone.
Update: Nov 7, 2011 – Paypal finally confirmed they shipped out my verification letter. 6 full days later – 5 business days later.
Update: Nov 13, 2011 – I received the letter from Paypal with the code Â and the limitation has been removed.