It’s the holidays, so gift cards like the Vanilla Visa are commonplace. Using them online with PayPal is another story. Mary Vandersteen tried to make deposits on the site, but was rejected 4-times and charged $1 for each authorization attempt ($4.36 total + fees). A PayPal representative says this happened because “Visa and MasterCard gift cards can be purchased anonymously.”

“Whenever you add a financial instrument to PayPal, we like to make sure you are who you say you are. In this case, there was no user information associated with the prepaid card. When we check and no information comes back, it throws up a red flag in our system.”

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