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Anyone can cheat Paypal?


What kind of fraud or eavesdropping behavior that Paypal may not be able to guard against.

I'm not wanting to cheat, I just want to know.
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Here is another question, do 1st time buyers need to confirm their email address before the transaction done?

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I believe so. I know for additional e-mail addresses that they need to be confirmed.

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Well, the thing is...

PayPal requires all email addresses that will be used on the account, to be verified. The email address that is used to setup the account is sent a verification email.

In addition, PayPal requires that a checking account or credit card is listed on the account. This also helps to prevent fraud, as they will place a verification code on your bank account or credit card statement, that you must enter, along with the odd amount they deposit into your bank account.

I believe the only thing they cannot prevent, is dollar amount fixes on purchases.

People can simply change a price directly in the URL of a paypal payment link. However, this is primarily the seller's responsibility, to know what they charge, and not providing the buyer with service, for a lower amount than offered.

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I believe the only thing they cannot prevent, is dollar amount fixes on purchases.

People can simply change a price directly in the URL of a paypal payment link. However, this is primarily the seller's responsibility, to know what they charge, and not providing the buyer with service, for a lower amount than offered.

True, but if you are using the link in an html page you could set it as a form with hidden fields and use the submit button to go to PayPal. That way the end user cant change the price of the item. PayPal provides you with the code to do that.

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True, but if you are using the link in an html page you could set it as a form with hidden fields and use the submit button to go to PayPal. That way the end user cant change the price of the item. PayPal provides you with the code to do that.
Definately, no doubt, however, there are many times when the form code is not possible for use.

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That still doesn't prevent people from making a local copy of the html page and changing it... or using paypal's own tool and just changing the email address of the generated code. The only way to prevent that kind of thing is to actually check how much you are getting paid.

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exactly. It's like I said, it's the seller's responsibility to make sure they get paid the right amount, before providing services.

Just remember, that nothing is 100% safe, and take the precautions that are necessary on your part.

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