You know how you get those "PayPal" phishing messages saying there are problems with your account? Well, sometimes they are actually legitimate messages from PayPal. It turns out I deleted a legitimate one last night. I just happened to log in to my TwistyPuzzles.com PayPal account today and was surprised when I was notified about a problem. If I hadn't done that, they tell me my account would have been closed permanently by Friday.
The problem is that they believe my account was used in ways that violate their Acceptable Use Policy
. They told me it's related to some of the "raffle" threads (one example
, another example
) on the forum. PayPal seems to think I have something to do with these raffles and/or the attempts to avoid PayPal fees and/or the PayPal name calling that goes on in one of those threads. Their position against the behaviour in the threads is understandable, but I have sent them an e-mail asking them to reconsider their viewpoint that I am responsible and that closing my account is an apropriate consequence.
Accepting raffle payments through PayPal is against their policy (see point #6
), so it should be against our rules
to allow that to happen here. If it's legal to hold raffles (is it?!), you can still do it here... but using PayPal to send or receive raffle payments is in violation of the contract a user agrees to when using PayPal.
I realize now we have nothing in the forum rules that says "don't use the forum to break the law" but I guess we should. That's a decent catch-all.
I'll keep you up to date as this unfolds.