Recently, I have been asked a few times about PayPal email addresses. “Is it safe for me to give someone my PayPal email?”
The short answer is “Yes!”
It is very understandable that many have this same concern. A PayPal account is just like a bank account and therefore you want to make sure that you don’t take it’s security lightly.
This question comes up so often is because many membership sites, for example, will ask you for your PayPal email after you join them. This is usually not a mandatory requirement but rather recommended.
They may ask for it even though they may already have an email address associated with your account. This is because some people have a different or dedicated PayPal email address.
One of the reasons they ask for it is because they will have a referral program that pays you via PayPal. If you refer someone to their site via your affiliate link and that person makes a purchase, you will receive a commission.
Why is it safe for you to provide such sites with your PayPal email address? Because no one can charge anything to your PayPal account without knowing your password.
For this reason, never divulge your PayPal password to anyone.
Every time that you buy something via PayPal you will be asked to verify your password. The only time where there is an exception to this rule is in the case of recurring payments. However, when you make the first payment in a recurring payment agreement, PayPal will indicate to you that you are entering into a recurring payment plan and will specify the frequency of the payments, whether it be weekly, fortnightly, monthly, etc.
At anytime in the future, if you decide you do not want to continue the recurring payment, you can cancel it immediately via your PayPal account.
PayPal is a very convenient way to make and receive payments online. While you should always use discretion when revealing sensitive data to any website, generally it is safe to give out your PayPal email address.
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