PayPal has recently banned internet marketer Anthony Aires Gomes from using their system.
I got wind of this yesterday from another internet marketing friend who forwarded me an MP3 recording of the chat he had with PayPal about their decision to close all his accounts.
A 20 mins phone call proved fruitless and PayPal blankly refused to reinstate his accounts.
I believe Anthony to be a respected marketer. I personally don’t know the guy but reviews and product feedback seem to reinforce he runs a legitimate operation.
Unfortunately losing PayPal as a payment processor means that he may have to close down his entire operation.
PayPal have become the Google of today. And if for any reason they feel that you’re too high of a risk – that’s it, BAM! Shut down.
After all, they DON’T need your business do they? There’s plenty more fish in the sea.
In fact I have another Internet Marketing friend who had his UK PayPal account shut down last year.
From the 20 minute call Anthony had with PayPal (US) and what my friend reported; they both had products listed on the Warrior Forum when PayPal struck.
What I gather from the conversation with PayPal where they distinctly reference Warrior Forum and the products being sold on there as being “rehashed”, offering no new value to people that are already struggling to make a buck.
I get their message. But Anthony also puts a good point across back to PayPal (listen the the audio to hear).
However, PayPal’s response is very “generic”, almost scripted. Do we expect anything different?
“I’ve spent years building a team of dedicated and professional staff. However, I now have no way to pay them. The only option currently open to me is to terminate their employment – lowering the risk that the business will be forced into bankruptcy,” Anthony explains.
So that’s it. Anthony doesn’t seem to have done anything wrong but PayPal have decided that’s he’s “high risk” and have suspended all his accounts.
In tough economic times should payment processors like PayPal be allowed to shut down merchant accounts where people’s livelihood depend on it? Not only Anthony’s, but also his employees.
If no “rules” are broken, why be penalized? I’m not biased in any way but Anthony does state this in his argument to PayPal. Only to fall upon deaf ears.
Honestly, I was a little skeptical about such severe actions being taken without warning so I decided to go check out one of his products sites: http://www.prosperitypublishers.com
By selecting of of their products (http://www.WPMasteryTraining.com/) and attempting to checkout I was greeted with the PayPal message below:
“The recipient is currently unable to receive money.”
Testing more of their products revealed the same results!
This is a severe word of caution to anyone within the internet marketing space that PayPal do not like internet marketing products. It seems even more so apparent they don’t like sales generated via Warrior Forum.
I’d like to hear your take on PayPal’s decision: