Is my money lost & gone forever?
April 27, 2011 8:21 AM Subscribe
Money intended for me was PayPal-ed to the wrong person. Any chance I can get it back?
I do freelance work for a company whose operations are ill-managed and largely based overseas. They pay all their freelancers through PayPal. At the beginning of my work with them, the PayPal address they had for me was incorrect by one letter. I'm not sure whether it was a their typo or mine, but either way, my first payment of $52 did not reach me.
The company made some feeble effort to get the money back, but now they've effectively washed their hands of the situation, saying "Unfortunately we cannot issue a refund as the transaction went through and the amount was sent to an excising [sic] account. All your future payments will be sent to your valid PayPal address. We are sorry for the inconvenience."
I have a very common first and last name, and the e-mail address that is one letter different from mine does have a PayPal account associated with it. I've tried to contact this person twice so far, both through PayPal and through regular e-mail, explaining the situation and politely asking that they remit the money that wasn't intended for them in the first place, but I haven't heard anything back.
Do I have any other recourse? Will contacting support at PayPal do any good? It's not a *ton* of money, thank goodness, but fifty bucks is fifty bucks.