paypal censors

sometime last year i added a paypal donation button to my blog – just because i could. i guess i was exited about the possibility that someone could make a donation, if they liked my website. naturally nobody ever did. and to be honest, i never expected anyone to. but still. back then it seemed like you gotta have a paypal donation button on your blog.

i did use my paypal account quite often to make payments to others. i purchased cd’s, software, or made donations for services like my moblog and i even made a few donations to websites i really enjoyed. plus i did sell a few cd’s using my paypal account. but i never once received a donation. and at that point i still made this distinction between donations and other payments. a destinction i am sure most other people make as well… but more on that later.

fastforward to june 2004, when i received an email informing me that my paypal account had been limited.

at first i thought this was a spoof. remember how for awhile fake emails were circulating, that tried to lure users onto websites phishing for their usernames and passwords. well, i received this email around that time. okay, probably a few month later. but i seriously thought i had received a spoof email. i did not click no link in there and i even reported the email to the corresponding channels.

but then, a few month later, which just goes to show that i am not a high-profile paypal user, i tried to make a payment using my payment account and i was informed that my paypal had been “limited”. whats that? i thought to myself as my heart sank into my pants. shriek. what have i done wrong? the corresponding button lead me to a site that told me in very general terms that a recent review of my account had uncovered some … activity on my account, for which reason my account had been limited. what that meant is that i could not receive nor make payments untill this was resolved. i immediately wrote my first of many emails inquiring what was going on. meanwhile i was raking my memory for objectable content i might have bought using paypal. the bootleg cd’s? or was it the donation to the RAF information website i had made?


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Jan Zuppinger has been writing this blog since 2002. He likes to grow vegetables. He likes to eat them too. He has opinions on everything, but sadly no one cares. Jan Zuppinger is not joking, just joking, he is joking, just joking, he's not joking. *click.