Just Discovered I can BLOCK COUNTRIES from paypal

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If you notice (like I do) majority of so-called "refunds" and other fraud come from specific countries.

Now you can just block those countries from paying you altogether.

If you have a relationship with someone, you can disable it for thier payment, but for the average e-product, this may save you from flags on your account and unnecessary time wasted with fraudsters


Go to your Profile and under

>My Selling Tools
>>Getting paid and managing my risk
>>>Managing risk and fraud

You can set paypal to deny certain countries from making payment.

I just instituted this on mine.
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  • Profile picture of the author SoonSlim
    Great idea...been zapped a couple of times myself !
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    • Profile picture of the author neroweb
      Nice Call..

      I was looking for the exact same process.. Thanks for lay laying it out for us.

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  • Profile picture of the author Bon-Bon
    Never realized we can avail this option. Thanks for sharing.
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  • Profile picture of the author igrowyourbiz
    so far my refund and scam events are now ZERO since i did this
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    • Profile picture of the author Deepak Media
      Originally Posted by igrowyourbiz View Post

      so far my refund and scam events are now ZERO since i did this
      What are the top 5 countries you blocked?
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      • Profile picture of the author Rus Sells
        That's a loaded question! LOL

        Originally Posted by Deepak Media View Post

        What are the top 5 countries you blocked?
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        • Profile picture of the author Joe118
          Originally Posted by Rus Sells View Post

          That's a loaded question! LOL
          So far only one country -- China. Sorry Chinese buyers, I've had too one many chargebacks, fraudsters from there pushed me over the brink this morning.
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      • Profile picture of the author DubDubDubDot
        Originally Posted by Deepak Media View Post

        What are the top 5 countries you blocked?
        Pay special attention to southeast Asia in general, but it really depends on what you are selling.
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  • Profile picture of the author silyavski
    I will block Germany and Italy.
    The first ones like buying, not paying in time and later returning with the excuse that the item is not ok.
    The second ones tend to loose packages, hold them at customs etc.

    Its not a joke. See how many people had blocked Italy for shipping.
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  • Profile picture of the author Robert Michael
    thats awesome, now if only someone could find a way to disable payment by credit card, i'd be ecstatic!

    lol i actually called paypal and asked if there was a way to, since there is when you sell on ebay.

    they told me no, i can't choose to not accept credit card payments - only ebay sellers can...?

    i mean come on..
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  • Profile picture of the author Rus Sells
    I didn't know that but....

    You can block whole countries from visiting your site in your htaccess file as well. So not only do you prevent people from those countries from buying from you, you prevent them from using up your server resources and bandwidth.

    If you don't when them buying from you, you might as well just keep them off your site/s completely. yes?
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    • Profile picture of the author steve995
      I've blocked certain parts of the world using PP before now, but I like the idea of blocking access using the .htaccess even more! One of those things that's obvious when someone else mentions it, but I'd never thought of it!
      So, big thanks to you guys for BOTH suggestions...
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    • Profile picture of the author Lloyd Buchinski
      Originally Posted by igrowyourbiz View Post

      You can set paypal to deny certain countries from making payment.
      I'm curious about what type of notice they get when they are blocked. Could anyone supply a screen shot, or the wording?

      Originally Posted by Whos That Guru View Post

      thats awesome, now if only someone could find a way to disable payment by credit card, i'd be ecstatic!
      Just wondering, but why would you want to block payment by credit card?

      Originally Posted by Rus Sells View Post

      You can block whole countries from visiting your site in your htaccess file as well. So not only do you prevent people from those countries from buying from you, you prevent them from using up your server resources and bandwidth.

      If you don't when them buying from you, you might as well just keep them off your site/s completely. yes?
      I checked into that .htaccess block a few years ago. You had to list every ip from the country in the htaccess file. If you are going to block more than one country, it adds up to an enormous file. Especially if it is a country like China, India, or the US. (Just examples.)

      Overall it still saves on bandwidth, but each time someone comes from any country, the server has to go through all the ips listed to allow or deny. It will add to the server load.
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      • Profile picture of the author Rus Sells
        You would use country IP blocks I believe this reduces the server load. I use to use it on a blog network because Badau, I think that's how you spell it; the Chinese search engine was killing my servers.

        Originally Posted by Lloyd Buchinski View Post

        I'm curious about what type of notice they get when they are blocked. Could anyone supply a screen shot, or the wording?



        Just wondering, but why would you want to block payment by credit card?



        I checked into that .htaccess block a few years ago. You had to list every ip from the country in the htaccess file. If you are going to block more than one country, it adds up to an enormous file. Especially if it is a country like China, India, or the US. (Just examples.)

        Overall it still saves on bandwidth, but each time someone comes from any country, the server has to go through all the ips listed to allow or deny. It will add to the server load.
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        • Profile picture of the author Joe118
          Originally Posted by Rus Sells View Post

          You would use country IP blocks I believe this reduces the server load. I use to use it on a blog network because Badau, I think that's how you spell it; the Chinese search engine was killing my servers.
          Unfortunately this is VERY easy to get past. Not effective at all. Better to block in paypal.

          I've blocked China.
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  • Profile picture of the author Robert Michael
    lol i have several reasons why i dont want to accept credit cards for digital items..

    main one, being scammers.

    if someone wants the product that bad, they will find a way to get the $ into their paypal balance.

    i mean hell - u can even load a greendot moneypak DIRECTLY into your paypal account... so its not like they dont have any other option but a CC.

    paypal doesn't offer "protection" for digital goods, and neither do i. u dont get to keep the $ and the product.. doesnt work that way.. lol or at least not with me.
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  • Profile picture of the author rajeevsh
    Woah, that's something I didn't know and would be very handy. Thanks for sharing!

    I have tried the htaccess way -- and thankfully, I don't need to do that on every site I sell from -- but it's pretty easy to get around that.
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  • Profile picture of the author tpw
    Blocking countries will shut out some of my better customers.

    I would be more interested if PayPal could offer us the ability to blacklist specific customers.
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    • Profile picture of the author GMD
      Banned
      For those that use PayPal to receive payments (by way of selling products or services) and have the patience to read this is a great resource:

      Using Your PayPal Account Profile
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  • Profile picture of the author kindsvater
    Still possible? I'm not seeing this option in my PayPal account. I see an option to block non-US buyers, but not on a country by country basis.

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    • Profile picture of the author GMD
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      Originally Posted by kindsvater View Post

      Still possible? I'm not seeing this option in my PayPal account. I see an option to block non-US buyers, but not on a country by country basis.

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      https://www.paypal-community.com/t5/...nly/td-p/48837

      It's technically NOT possible, but it's also possible. Great thread above about it (though the OP's title is deceptive)


      To view and update your PayPal Payment Receiving Preferences:

      Log in to your PayPal account.
      Click Profile at the top of the page.
      Click My selling tools.
      Click Update in the Block payments section.
      Update your settings and click Save.
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      • Profile picture of the author kindsvater
        Originally Posted by GMD View Post

        To view and update your PayPal Payment Receiving Preferences:

        Log in to your PayPal account.
        Click Profile at the top of the page.
        Click My selling tools.
        Click Update in the Block payments section.
        Update your settings and click Save.
        That is what I was looking at. The only remotely close option is to block all non-US PayPal accounts.

        That other PayPal community thread is interesting for shipping physical products: create a shipping table for certain countries and set the amount to a bazillion bucks. Not sure how workable that is for digital downloads.

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        • Profile picture of the author icmpvpn
          Originally Posted by kindsvater View Post

          That is what I was looking at. The only remotely close option is to block all non-US PayPal accounts.

          That other PayPal community thread is interesting for shipping physical products: create a shipping table for certain countries and set the amount to a bazillion bucks. Not sure how workable that is for digital downloads.

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          Same here, I can only block non-US PayPal accounts but not specific countries.
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        • Profile picture of the author Don Schenk
          Originally Posted by kindsvater View Post

          That is what I was looking at. The only remotely close option is to block all non-US PayPal accounts.

          It's in there. Mine is a business account.

          GMD mentined these:
          "Log in to your PayPal account.
          Click Profile at the top of the page.
          Click My selling tools.
          [Not This One...] Click Update in the Block payments section.
          Update your settings and click Save."

          But it is not in Click Update in the Block payments section.

          The one above that is "Managing risk and fraud." Update this.

          Then on the left, click "Edit you filter settings."

          Agree to their terms.

          On the page that comes up after you agree, choose "Edit" under "Contry Monitor."

          There is a long drop-down menu listing the countries.

          :-Don
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          • Profile picture of the author gearmex
            Originally Posted by Don Schenk View Post

            It's in there. Mine is a business account.

            GMD mentined these:
            "Log in to your PayPal account.
            Click Profile at the top of the page.
            Click My selling tools.
            [Not This One...] Click Update in the Block payments section.
            Update your settings and click Save."

            But it is not in Click Update in the Block payments section.

            The one above that is "Managing risk and fraud." Update this.

            Then on the left, click "Edit you filter settings."

            Agree to their terms.

            On the page that comes up after you agree, choose "Edit" under "Contry Monitor."

            There is a long drop-down menu listing the countries.

            :-Don
            i have business account from Hong Kong and unfortunately it does not exist in there, i guess its country specific settings...

            i have is:

            Profile->My selling tools->

            Getting paid and managing your risk: (under it have these options)

            - My automatic payments
            - Instant payment notifications
            - Block payments (inside no have anything about country blocking)
            - Customer service message
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            • Profile picture of the author geekology
              Yes this looks like US specific setting. I also have a business account and blocking at country level is not available for me either.

              Originally Posted by gearmex View Post

              i have business account from Hong Kong and unfortunately it does not exist in there, i guess its country specific settings...

              i have is:

              Profile->My selling tools->

              Getting paid and managing your risk: (under it have these options)

              - My automatic payments
              - Instant payment notifications
              - Block payments (inside no have anything about country blocking)
              - Customer service message
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  • Profile picture of the author Fat Wolf
    Nice, I never know there have such optional, thx
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  • Profile picture of the author therichb
    A very nice info for paypal which I can use even while doing money transactions. Since paypal is really important for my business, i will get this fixed asap & possibly that will lower down any further issues of money flow restrictions...

    I point why paypal do not include these things clearly in their FAQs as when i tried to find, i was lost in the loads of information
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  • Profile picture of the author OnlineAddict
    Unfortunately, every time I have been scammed in the past 10 years and it was like 5-6 times(I only count $1k and above), it was someone from the US and I can't block them. lol
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  • Profile picture of the author igrowyourbiz
    maybe it is a feature of BUSINESS accounts? IDK

    I only ever have biz accounts with paypal

    I selected about a dozen countries to block. Works wonders
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    • Profile picture of the author icmpvpn
      Originally Posted by igrowyourbiz View Post

      maybe it is a feature of BUSINESS accounts? IDK

      I only ever have biz accounts with paypal

      I selected about a dozen countries to block. Works wonders
      Upon further searching, it appears like it is really only available on business accounts.
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  • Profile picture of the author seobro
    It is easy. Log on to paypal.com, then go to your Add Funds area, and finally click on MoneyPak to add your cash money. It is so easy. Wish all my problems were as hard as this one. Then again, there you go. BTW, you can get you moneypak at your grocery.
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  • Profile picture of the author willza
    Thanx for this!
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  • Profile picture of the author ronrule
    I know this is an old thread, but I wanted to ask a question if anyone knew the answer before contacting PayPal or scouring their help docs.

    Is the block based on the buyer's IP address, or the payer's stated country?

    Lets say I block China ... but the guy in China submits a payment using a hacked U.S. account. Does it go through, because it's a "verified US buyer" or does it get blocked because the PERSON signing in to that account is in China?

    Any way to block OUTBOUND payments (ie; affiliate commissions) using this method? I was "hit" by a couple of phony affiliates on one of my WSO's ... they signed up as affiliates, bought using hacked Paypal accounts or stolen credit cards to get their commissions, then naturally the real account owner figured it out and charged back the purchase. I was able to get my commissions back through Warrior+ and JVZoo's refund option, but that leaves PayPal holding the bag.

    Would be nice if there was a way to detect this and block the outbound commission, or at least hold it for manual review in these situations.
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  • Profile picture of the author dewayneboyd
    Originally Posted by igrowyourbiz View Post

    If you notice (like I do) majority of so-called "refunds" and other fraud come from specific countries.

    Now you can just block those countries from paying you altogether.

    If you have a relationship with someone, you can disable it for thier payment, but for the average e-product, this may save you from flags on your account and unnecessary time wasted with fraudsters


    Go to your Profile and under

    >My Selling Tools
    >>Getting paid and managing my risk
    >>>Managing risk and fraud

    You can set paypal to deny certain countries from making payment.

    I just instituted this on mine.
    Well, don't be shy. Which countries are you talking about?
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