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To AdBlock or Not to AdBlock?

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Post by Bell 407 » Mon May 02, 2016 4:20 pm

Interesting point of view. Have a look.

[bbvideo=560,315]https://youtu.be/BnlVTNjeWrg[/bbvideo]



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Re: To AdBlock or Not to AdBlock?

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Post by Raffles » Wed May 04, 2016 6:59 am

If I am looking for a product or service I do a web search with my favorite web browser. I'm on a metered connection so being bombarded with content I don't want costs me a lot of money and bandwidth. I have come across websites that refuse entry if adblock is enabled and I then choose whether or not to white list the site. Mostly I look elsewhere. I could probably count the number of goods or services I have bought as a result of targeted advertising on one hand. I have bought many more things because of review websites such as Top Ten Reviews. Many sites such as You Tube exist on content they solicit for free from contributors. Other times I donate to the site but if they use Paypal only they shoot themselves in the foot because I don't deal with Paypal.



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Re: To AdBlock or Not to AdBlock?

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Post by Bell 407 » Wed May 04, 2016 7:32 am

Raffles, why don't you use PayPal?



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Post by Raffles » Wed May 04, 2016 12:01 pm

Bell 407 wrote:Raffles, why don't you use PayPal?


About 12 years ago I inadvertently started a Paypal account when I was in Gabon using my Channel Island credit card.
I say inadvertently because I was just trying to pay for something online and didn't realize that the online transaction form included signing up for Paypal.
They immediately blocked the account simply because the I.P. address was in Gabon.
There is no way you can communicate with a human being at Paypal, I have tried for years to contact them (see the bold text in the quote below) and only ever get automated online FAQ pages so the account remains blocked.
Since it is the UK based Paypal, the only other way might be to go there because the telephone number is only accessible from inside the UK.
I haven't been to the UK in the last 15 years or so.

I can't start a different account because something always links me back to this account.

This is the email I got in 2004 and a few years later they permanently blocked the account:

Dear Sir
PayPal is committed to maintaining a safe environment for its community of
buyers and sellers. To protect the security of your account, we employ the
most advanced security systems in the world and regularly screen our system
for unusual activity.

Recently, our Account Review Team identified some unusual activity in your
account. In accordance with Per PayPal's User Agreement, we have limited
access to your account until this issue has been resolved. This is a fraud
prevention measure meant to ensure that your account is not compromised.

In order to secure your account and quickly restore full access, we require
some specific information from you. We encourage that you log in to your
account and restore full access as soon as possible. Maintaining limited
access to your account for an extended period of time may result in further
limitations on the use of your account or eventual account closure.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter. Please understand that
this is a security measure meant to help protect you and your account. We
apologize for any inconvenience.

Yours sincerely,
The PayPal Team


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Please do not reply to this email. Anything you send to this address cannot
be answered. All of the information necessary to restore your account
access is available on the PayPal website.
For assistance, log in to your
PayPal account and select the "Help" link in the header of any page.





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Post by Raffles » Wed May 04, 2016 12:10 pm

There is nothing that annoys me more than companies that use automated resolution instead of just having an email address which one can contact.

McAfee is another such company. I will have nothing to do with them.

I use Bitdefender, recently when I had a problem with my installation, I sent them an email and they replied the same day. Situation resolved.



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Post by Bell 407 » Wed May 04, 2016 3:39 pm

Yip, automated responses are pathetic. But sad that you can't get the PayPal issue resolved as it does work rather well (in my opinion).



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Post by Raffles » Wed May 04, 2016 4:00 pm

Since I now have an account with FNB, I might get them to resolve it as they are the SA agents for Paypal.



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