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Add a credit card and a confirmed shipping address to your PayPal account to have your payments accepted by more sellers .
Whenever you buy something online using a credit card, the store from which you made the purchase checks that the address you provided matches the address on file with your credit card company. Retailers do this as a security precaution to guard against payments made with stolen credit cards; otherwise , a thief could use your credit card number to purchase something and have it shipped anywhere .
Address matching is done through a standard system called Address Verification System/Service (AVS), which is set up by all the credit card companies. PayPal does the same thing when you add a credit card to your PayPal account:
If PayPal is able to match the address through AVS, it will designate your address as Confirmed and you'll be able to use your credit card to fund payments right away. Plus, your payments will be eligible for PayPal's Seller Protection Policy [Hack #25] , and sellers ( especially on eBay) will be much more likely to accept your payments.
1.4.1 Expanded Use Enrollment
If PayPal is unable to confirm your address through AVS, it will remain Unconfirmed and you won't be able to make credit card payments until you complete the Expanded Use Enrollment. Essentially, PayPal initiates the process by charging your credit card US$1.95 (don't worry; you'll get it back). When you receive your next credit card statement, a unique, randomly generated four-digit Expanded Use Number will accompany the charge.
Once you obtain the Expanded Use Number, enter it into PayPal. Your address will be confirmed and you'll be able to make payments with your credit card. Plus, you'll get your $1.95 back in the form of a credit to your PayPal account.
1.4.2 Confirming a Second Address
Although some sellers ship anywhere you ask them to, most want to abide by PayPal's Seller Protection Policy [Hack #25] and thus will ship only to a confirmed address. Naturally, you might want to have more than one confirmed mailing address on your PayPal account.
There are two ways to go about this. The best way is to contact your credit card company and request that a second address be added to your credit card account. Most credit card banks will add an address to your credit card account for this purpose. You usually need to call your bank directly and provide them with the address. Some banks require you to fax or mail the request.
Once you have worked with your bank to have the new address added to your credit card account, you'll need to have it confirmed by PayPal:
If everything goes smoothly, PayPal will now designate that address as Confirmed and you'll get all the benefits of using a confirmed address.
Alternatively, if the need arises, you can use the Alternative Address Confirmation (AAC) process described on the PayPal web site.
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