Benjamin Juang (ibneko) wrote,
Benjamin Juang

Woah, paranoid paypal...

So I was buying something for someone else, but I entered my password in wrong once, and I was shipping said something to another addresses that wasn't my own.

I went through the payment process, and as soon as I submit, I get the notice that my transaction had been denied, and my account was set to "Limited Account Access". WTF.

So I went in, changed my password, changed my secure questions, but they couldn't verify my phone number via cellphone, and I can't reach home right now, so.. argh. And since all of my credit cards had already been entered into my normal paypal account, I didn't have another credit card to pay with.

Then I remembered that discover card had the spiffy ability to generate temporary "online" accounts. =^^=v Did that, made an account, and paid. And within 5 minutes, got a phone call from a Real Live Person double-checking that I made the purchase. Their verification method: Did you order [product]? How much did it cost?
Quick, easy, but... perhaps not too secure, had my identity been compromised somehow? Unless they verified my cellphone number with discover, which is possible... I'm surprised it didn't throw a red flag since my original account was limited... I used the same name and address and phone number, after all.
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