PayPal is the most common method for donations so we have chosen it, but sometimes there can be problems. This is the last thing we want for a donation, but in the spirit of goodwill please take some time to find what the problem is. It might be important for other transactions anyway. The following has been sourced from other websites. Google “problems paying with paypal” to get more information.
If the credit/debit card is being rejected with the message “The card you entered cannot be used for this payment. Please enter a different credit or debit card number.”, this can happen even with a credit card which was previously accepted and worked properly.
Have a look at the following possible reasons:
1) The card is already associated with a PayPal account
If the credit card is on file with PayPal, you have to log into your PayPal account and select the account as a payment method. Otherwise, by using the option “Don’t have a PayPal account”, chances are it will be declined.
2) Your browser is not accepting cookies or has stored PayPal cookies
Sometimes PayPal thinks that you are already signed into PayPal because of stored cookies, and won’t let you use your card. To get around this, clear the cache of your internet browser and try again. Here is some helpful information on how to do it.
3) Email Address is linked or associated with a PayPal Account
If you had signed up for a PayPal account in the past using the same email you are trying to register with, you need to login to PayPal to continue. If you do not want to login, use a different email address.
4) Your card was associated with a PayPal account but that account has now been closed
PayPal remembers a credit card’s details even when it’s already been removed from the account. The information may also been remembered even if PayPal account which linked to the credit card is closed and deleted. In this case, try using another credit card, or assign the credit card to your PayPal account, and then pay while logged in.
5) The card is linked to a PayPal account, but have not yet confirmed it
If you have created an account with PayPal and the credit card has been linked to an account, but not yet confirmed, try completing all credit card information such as Card Verification Number or Security Code, and confirm the card by entering the PayPal code shown on the credit card statement on special refundable charge by PayPal.
6) The card card limit is exceeded for the PayPal system
If you see the message “The card you entered cannot be used for this payment. Please enter a different credit or debit card number”, you may have purchased items on PayPal before and the amount exceeds the cap which PayPal allots for individuals before they require you to register. The idea is that a PayPal account gives you added purchase protection because you don’t have to share your credit card information with multiple shops/merchants.
To get around this, you can either use a new credit card, or sign up for a PayPal account.
7) Your email address is raising a red flag in PayPal’s system
What can we say here. Try changing either credit card or e-mail address or both.
8) “Your payment can’t be completed. Please return to the participating website and try again”
PayPal technical support suggests the following solution:
If you are a PayPal Standard (Personal, Business or Premium) user and you receive the above PayPal Error: You may need to follow these steps to remedy the situation:
. Log into your PayPal Account
. Click ‘Profile’
. Click ‘More Options’
. Select ‘My Selling Tools’
. Click ‘Block Payments’
. Under the Payment Receiving Preferences, find the “Block payments from users who:” section
. Uncheck the “Initiate payments from the Pay Anyone subtab of the Send Money tab” option
. Click ‘Save’
Here is what this screen looks like: