Today I woke up in the morning and found this email from Paypal:
Hello Yogesh Sarkar,
Your payment of xx.x has been sent back to the sender of the payment.
We reversed this payment because we have stopped allowing personal payments to be sent to or from India.
If this was a payment for a purchase of goods or services, and not a personal payment, then you may contact the buyer and have him or her resend the payment as follows: (a) click the Send Money tab, (b) select “Goods,” and (c) provide a shipping address.
If this payment was a personal payment such as a gift, then we have requested that the sender find another payment method until we restore personal payments to and from India.
We are trying to resolve this issue as quickly as possible and we’re sorry for any inconvenience.
This despite the fact that I own a Premier Verified account with Paypal for past several years and have done numerous transactions, without even a single one of them going bad/sour. Add to this, the payment which was reversed, came in from a well-known and large US based advertisement network, which I am guessing owns a business account with Paypal!
Still Paypal felt that this payment should be reversed as it is probably fraud transaction, because I am an Indian and from the looks of their new policy, all Indians are fraudsters.
If this isn’t textbook racial/regional profiling/discrimination, then i don’t know what is.
And this is not like this thing is only happening to me, this is happening to all the Indian businesses, who are using paypal for transactions, here is a 360 post long thread on Digital Point, over the recent racist behavior of Paypal!
I know one thing for certain, if paypal does not promptly apologizes for this racial behavior and makes certain that this does not happens ever again, I will never again do business with Paypal or any Merchant/Website/Business which solely uses Paypal as the payment portal and will take my business to a company, which respects it for what it is, without any racial/regional prejudices.