How to use a prepaid visa card to open a PayPal account

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How to use a prepaid visa card to open a PayPal account
Use a prepaid Visa card to open a PayPal account. (credit card detail image by gajatz from

PayPal is an online payment system that removes the necessity of writing checks, money orders, cashier's checks or paying cash. More and more online businesses accept payments through PayPal. Most people primarily use a current account or credit card to set up their PayPal account. However, you can also use a prepaid Visa card to set up your PayPal account.

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  1. 1

    Click the "Sign Up" link on the PayPal website to create an account. Follow the step-by-step instructions to create your account. Then click "My Account."

  2. 2

    Review the three different PayPal accounts. The accounts are personal, premier and business. A personal account is if you just want to buy things online and the premier is if you buy and sell online. To use your prepaid Visa, choose either personal or premier.

  3. 3

    Click the "Get Started" link after you choose the account type that suits your needs. Follow the step-by-step instructions to set up your account.

  4. 4

    Log in to your account and click "Profile." Click "Add or Edit Credit Card." Click "Add a Card." Enter your prepaid Visa information in the required fields. Click "Link and Confirm My Card," then "Save and Continue." A charge of £1.20 will appear on your credit card along with a four-digit code and the word "PayPal."

  5. 5

    Confirm your credit card. Log in to your PayPal account and click "Profile," then click "Credit/Debit Cards." Click "Link and Confirm My Card" and enter the four-digit PayPal code. Click "Submit." Your prepaid Visa has been entered and confirmed by PayPal.

Tips and warnings

  • You must confirm your prepaid Visa card.
  • The £1.20 charge will be refundable back to you within 30 days.

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