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Paypal privacy advice?

I know there's advice posts that go through occasionally so I wanted to get some advice myself.

I was reading about how "doxing" works where someone gets your personal information usually to use for malicious reasons. I heard a main method of doxing is to send a person a small amount on paypal such as 10 cents. Is there a way to stop this from happening? I don't want to conduct any commission business when this can be a potential thing.

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May. 6th, 2014 11:41 pm (UTC)
I believe there is a setting on Paypal to prevent any payments made directly to you. In other words, the only way you get payments is through invoices.
May. 6th, 2014 11:42 pm (UTC)
This is how you hide your business information on Paypal.

Mind you, as far as I know this only works with business accounts.

When you log into Paypal you will automatically be on the Summary page. In the upper right corner there is a little square with a man on it. Click on it.

Click on "Profile and settings"

Go down to "Shipping my items" and click on the update tab next to "Shipping preferences"

Scroll down to "Display return shipping label to buyer" and tick "No". Now your clients do not have access to your address.

To avoid this issue entirely use invoices.
May. 6th, 2014 11:48 pm (UTC)
confirming this works for a personal account also!
May. 6th, 2014 11:50 pm (UTC)
Disassociate your private email from your paypal email if you HAVE to have an email account visible for business. Or vice versa. Don't use the same email for both.
May. 6th, 2014 11:52 pm (UTC)
I agree, or use different emails for furry and your real name stuff if you want your Paypal to be the same as your business contact.
May. 7th, 2014 12:29 am (UTC)
I agree. I have a professional email, a furry one, and a dedicated paypal only one, which I only use for invoices. This also helps keep buyers from sending me funds before I ask and giving troubling descriptions or wrong amounts
May. 7th, 2014 12:59 am (UTC)
Same. The only way people get the paypal email is if I give it to them. Especially because msn doesn't exist anymore.
May. 7th, 2014 04:28 pm (UTC)
I'll add another vote for using invoices. I have my PayPal account "pay anyone" feature shut off, and the only way I can accept payments is by invoice or donation button. That's it. This prevents people from sending me money before I'm ready, and using the invoice feature allows me to control exactly how things are worded, so there's not even any possible mention of anything related to adult material, which I know PayPal watches for.

Invoices also allow you to keep track of sales better and who has paid and who hasn't! It's great at tax time, too.
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