Having a PayPal account that has been permanently limited can be particularly distressing, especially when you have funds trapped in it. This scenario often results from suspected fraudulent activities, non-compliance with PayPal’s User Agreement, or unresolved disputes, leading PayPal to decide to permanently restrict transactions. Nevertheless, the withdrawal of money from a permanently limited account isn’t always impossible. It’s a process that requires you to follow certain steps while adhering to PayPal’s stipulated guidelines.
After my Paypal account had a negative balance due to an online scam, I created a new one and tried to avoid any risk with the new account.
However, after I set up and received money from buyers, it was permanently limited right away and the limitation cannot be appealed. In the email Paypal sent me, they said they decided to close my account because of security issues. There would be no problem if my account balance is zero as I could get rid of that account. I just received nearly $1,000 from my online revenue sources and then Paypal closed it immediately. My money is still there but the balance is frozen and I couldn’t send or withdraw it.
I contacted Paypal again to ask for my money and it was another frustrating experience. My money would be held for 180 days (6 months) and Paypal promised that they would send me an email when the balance was available to withdraw. But it never happened and I almost forgot about the incident.
I had to contact Paypal by myself again and they sent me an email to verify that my Paypal funds are eligible for withdrawal now. They also mentioned that my account is still limited, that means I still can’t send or request money, receive payments, add funds and close the account. The positive side is that I can withdraw funds from my account now, and it is the same process as I did earlier. I can either transfer to a bank account, request a check or get a Paypal Debit Mastercard. Here is how I withdraw the funds to my bank account.
1. Log in to PayPal account.
2. Navigate to My Account -> Withdraw.
3. Click ‘Transfer to bank account’, the minimum amount you can withdraw is $1.
4. Enter the amount you want to withdraw, I filled in every penny of course.
I tried to add another bank account but I received the error message: “Sorry, your last action could not be completed“. Fortunately, I already added a bank account to the Paypal account earlier, so this is not a big problem. If you have the issue, you can request a check anyway.
5. Click ‘Continue’.
6. Review the confirmation page and click ‘Submit’.
Now I can really forget about the account and Paypal also sent me a confirmation saying “it usually takes 3-4 business days for transfers like this to go through.“
If you do not receive an email from PayPal about withdrawing your money after the stipulated waiting period, or if you encounter any issues during the withdrawal process, contact PayPal’s customer service. Keep your communication clear, respectful, and to the point, outlining the issue you’re facing. According to my research, the issue happens mostly to non-verified and verified Paypal users outside the United States. Do you have the same issue with your Paypal account? I’d love to hear about your experience.
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