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What is PayPal?
With PayPal, you have an online account that makes it easy to send money from a variety of sources (like your credit card or bank account) to a variety of recipients (such as an online store or your landlord) – without sharing your financial information. So the online store or your landlord never sees your credit card number or your banking information. See how PayPal helps you stay safe online.

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PayPal lets you instantly send payments online using your bank account, credit card, and other sources. No more waiting for the mail or standing in line at the bank.

Make payments securely with the click of a button. With PayPal, there’s no more hassle typing in credit card information every time you make a purchase.

Your financial information is never shared, so merchants never see your credit card or bank account numbers. Plus, our experienced fraud prevention team helps fight fraud before it happens.

PayPal is trusted worldwide, with more than 100 million PayPal accounts and growing. PayPal is accepted by hundreds of thousands of businesses across the globe.

It’s free to pay for purchases or send money to anyone with an email address in 203 countries and regions.