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Exclamation Vanilla Visa & Mastercard rejected on stealth Paypal of mine for the FIRST TIME EVER

Just thought I'd alert the community about this and get some valuable feedback in return.

Not sure if it's just me (hopefully it is), but I just had trouble adding a Vanilla card to a stealth Paypal account. First time EVER that this has happened to me. I used a fresh Vanilla Visa (zip code registered to stealth zip) and then tried a fresh Vanilla MasterCard (zip code registered to stealth zip). Both were denied with a message "We cannot add this account at this time. Please try again later". Waited over an hour and tried again. No luck. Tried an fresh alternate brand card that I had sitting around for an emergency and that one worked flawlessly. Only difference with the way that card is registered is by putting in the FULL name and FULL address info, not only the zip like Vanilla cards require.

Not trying to jump to conclusions but I can't help but think about all the security tightening on gift cards going on at Amazon. Do you think Paypal is following this? Again, this is the FIRST TIME EVER that I have had issues adding Vanilla cards to a Paypal. I used one a few days ago and it worked fine.

Please chime in if you tried a Vanilla card TODAY (8/12/15) or later (for those who read this post at a later date) and if it worked or not.

Hopefully it was just some kind of glitch that only happened to me. I would hate to see Vanilla Cards eliminated since they're so easy to use, but more importantly I would hate for Paypal to start cracking down on ALL gift cards like Amazon is doing.

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Default Re: Vanilla Visa & Mastercard rejected on stealth Paypal of mine for the FIRST TIME E

The same thing happened to me this morning using vanilla. I've never had problems in the past. I hope it is just a temporary glitch.
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Default Re: Vanilla Visa & Mastercard rejected on stealth Paypal of mine for the FIRST TIME E

Well this wouldn't be good. Can you share which alternative brand you used?
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Default Re: Vanilla Visa & Mastercard rejected on stealth Paypal of mine for the FIRST TIME E

To those who have had a problem... Could you share the EXPIRATION DATES? It could be a part of the problem. Some Vanilla cards will not work for eBay, but the NEW ONES do. So, it may be the same thing with PayPal. I am going to be creating some accounts today, I will report back and let you know what my experience was.
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Default Re: Vanilla Visa & Mastercard rejected on stealth Paypal of mine for the FIRST TIME E

I am using the ones that expire on 6/24. I used the same exp dates the other day and it worked fine. But they aren't working today.
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Default Re: Vanilla Visa & Mastercard rejected on stealth Paypal of mine for the FIRST TIME E

This is a PayPal glitch. I have had it happen a few times. Log out of PayPal then log back in. It has worked for me, so hopefully it works for yall too.
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Default Re: Vanilla Visa & Mastercard rejected on stealth Paypal of mine for the FIRST TIME E

Well, I added one a few days with no issues, next day the account was limited. It was a new account that I never used.
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Default Re: Vanilla Visa & Mastercard rejected on stealth Paypal of mine for the FIRST TIME E

I also believe this is a glitch. Because it wouldn't send me an email or verify the phone. So, it appears that the verification system for new accounts is having issues. I will try again in a few hours.
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Default Re: Vanilla Visa & Mastercard rejected on stealth Paypal of mine for the FIRST TIME E

Also, let's say that hey DO ban Vanilla Visa. There are other cards that work for PayPal.
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Default Re: Vanilla Visa & Mastercard rejected on stealth Paypal of mine for the FIRST TIME E

Yup, I have $473 on mine. It was declined 4x today, I called the onevanilla number and after it said press 1 for english the recording said "our sytems are temporarily down". And then it hung up. Hoping thats the problem and it'll get fixed and I dont lose my damn money...because Im a poor mofo
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Default Re: Vanilla Visa & Mastercard rejected on stealth Paypal of mine for the FIRST TIME E

I just checked 4 accounts made over the last 12 days and all are just fine, no limitations from eBay or PayPal.

I tried logging on to my real PayPal account and am getting "500 - Internal Server Error" so they are definitely having problems right now.

I wouldn't abandon any accounts you tried to make. I would wait until they come back up and try the card again.
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Default Re: Vanilla Visa & Mastercard rejected on stealth Paypal of mine for the FIRST TIME E

PayPal is having widespread service outages. You can check the current status on downrightnow.com:

Is PayPal down? Check status and report outages at downrightnow

So, my thought is all of this is just a glitch. I tried creating a test account after I saw this thread and it would not accept the Vanilla Card. But it also would not send me an email or send a text to my phone. I *DID* get the text message, but it was 45 minutes later.

My suggestion would be to wait until downrightnow.com reports that PayPal is back up and then clear your cookies and try again. If Vanilla truly does NOT work for stealth anymore, we will know soon enough. And in that case, I'm sure that many other cards will still work. I love Vanilla because it is very CONVENIENT, but they are not NECESSARY for stealth.
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Default Re: Vanilla Visa & Mastercard rejected on stealth Paypal of mine for the FIRST TIME E

vanilla visa isn't working ANYWHERE for me today

its being declined everywhere I've tried to use it
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Default Re: Vanilla Visa & Mastercard rejected on stealth Paypal of mine for the FIRST TIME E

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vanilla visa isn't working ANYWHERE for me today

its being declined everywhere I've tried to use it
In the real world, or just online? Maybe Vanilla Visa's systems are having a problem?
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Default Re: Vanilla Visa & Mastercard rejected on stealth Paypal of mine for the FIRST TIME E

I just tried one on Amazon and it was declined. Not to REGISTER as a seller on Amazon, just to pay for part of a purchase. I normally have no problem with this.

So, my thinking is this is NOT a PayPal issue, but a Vanilla Visa issue, and this morning's PayPal outage is just a coincidence.
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Default Re: Vanilla Visa & Mastercard rejected on stealth Paypal of mine for the FIRST TIME E

I called Vanilla Visa. Their systems are down right now.
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yeah in real life
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Default Re: Vanilla Visa & Mastercard rejected on stealth Paypal of mine for the FIRST TIME E

Yeah, I called and their systems are down. Which seems weird to me, because anything dealing with the financial system usually has 2 backup servers in different sites that run in tandem, so that is one goes down, they are still up and running. Maybe Vanilla got hacked or something. I was declined on Amazon, then I had a friend run to the Dollar Store and it declined there as well.

At least it is good to know it is not PayPal banning them.
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Default Re: Vanilla Visa & Mastercard rejected on stealth Paypal of mine for the FIRST TIME E

yeah even their site gives a notice

https://www.vanillavisa.com
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Default Re: Vanilla Visa & Mastercard rejected on stealth Paypal of mine for the FIRST TIME E

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Yup, I have $473 on mine. It was declined 4x today, I called the onevanilla number and after it said press 1 for english the recording said "our sytems are temporarily down". And then it hung up. Hoping thats the problem and it'll get fixed and I dont lose my damn money...because Im a poor mofo
I should think is HIGHLY UNLIKELY that you will lose your money. If they mass-defaulted on gift cards, the gift card industry would be done for. Why would anyone buy them if their money could be lost, through no fault of their own?
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Default Re: Vanilla Visa & Mastercard rejected on stealth Paypal of mine for the FIRST TIME E

Rejected on me as well. Purchased a $25 dollar vanilla visa card. It is now unable to add. "Sorry we can't link this card right now try using another card" kind of message.
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