Paypal entered Nigeria some few days ago, although, that’s no longer a news. The new thing I want to share is how I verified my account online with my Debit card.
I got my Paypal account verified with my GTB Naira Mastercard. It happened within an hour. I will put you through the simple steps I followed to get it done.
Steps to Get a Verified Paypal Account in Nigeria
- Login to your account at https://www.paypal.com/ng/. If you don’t have one yet, click on sign-up to create one.
- On your Paypal account dashboard, click on the ‘Get Verified’.
- A page will show prompting you to enter your card details. 1.e. the card number, card type, card expiry date and the CVV (three digits at the back of the card). Click on continue to proceed.
- Paypal will charge your card $1.95 to confirm if you truly owns the card. However, the $1.95 charged would be refunded back into your account.
- Paypal will send a unique code with the charge. So you have to wait for a debit alert from your bank to get the 4-digit associated with the charge.
- Once you get the 4-digit, you can then log back in to your PayPal account and click ‘Confirm my debit or credit card’.
- Enter the 4-digit in the space provided and then click on ‘Confirm Card’
- If you entered the correct thing, a congratulatory dialogue box will appear on your screen
That’s all. If you follow the procedures outlined above judiciously, your Paypal verification status should now be ‘verified’.
Currently, with Naija PayPal account, you can only pay online on merchant sites where PayPal is required. You can also send funds to accounts that can receive funds.
From the information I gathered, you can verify your PayPal account with VISA or MasterCard (Verve cards are not eligible) from local banks in Nigeria. Also note this: ‘Once verified, the card used becomes your PayPal account funding source’.