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How do I receive money?

When someone sends you a payment through PayPal we'll notify you by email (or text message for payments sent to your mobile phone number).

If you already have a PayPal account and have confirmed your email address, we'll credit the payment to your PayPal account balance. If you don't have a PayPal account, you must sign up for one first and then confirm your email address before you can receive the payment.

The received money can be withdrawn to your bank account or used to pay for future purchases.

Warning! Be wary of fake PayPal emails: we never ask sellers to provide a tracking number before receiving the payment to their PayPal balance.

Your PayPal account was created as an international account. Do not respond to users asking you to activate your account internationally and do not send prepaid cash service vouchers.


Is there a timeframe to get my money?

  • Payments made from a PayPal balance, credit card or by instant transfer are immediately credited to your PayPal balance.
  • eCheck payments are credited to your PayPal balance within 8 to 10 business days.

Is there a limit to the payments I receive?

You can receive up to 2500 EUR per year before you have to verify your PayPal account.

To lift your payment limits, click here.

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