PayPal Ghana 2018: The Ultimate Guide to PayPal in Ghana
Is PayPal in Ghana?
Does PayPal work in Ghana?
Will my PayPal Ghana account work in Ghana?
This and many questions I continue to hear Ghanaian's ask almost everyday.
Hence "The Ultimate guide to PayPal Ghana 2018" from my humble self to all who are still struggling.
My goal here today is not to only help you create a PayPal account in Ghana but your online payments and overall success of your internet/online business. A PayPal Ghana account will be our Case study for this purpose.
Most Ghanaians have tried to ignore PayPal one way or the other. But, truly speaking Mr. PayPal have rather ignored Ghana.
- Oh, but what I’m I paying online?
- I don’t really need it...?
- Ono Paypal no nso…?
Deзn Deзn Deзn….!
"Read to the end for a surprise that you'll not get anywhere."
But, when the online reality dawns on you. You start asking for help!
For many years now, PayPal has solidified itself as one of the biggest online payment systems, it has grown to be the payment gateway of choice for anyone doing serious business on the Internet from anywhere in Ghana.
Of course, the Ebay craze really fueled PayPal’s popularity in the 2000’s.
During this period, the need for a cheap and convenient payment system was necessary because of the millions of transactions that took place on eBay.
Most sellers couldn’t pay for a credit card payment system, and on the other hand, most buyers were not comfortable typing in their credit card information over the Internet.
Nobody wanted to be the next to be hacked.
Then PayPal was born, a revolutionary payment system where both buyer and seller set up a safe and secure account that is fed with funds a debit/credit or from a bank account, and where the only thing required for monetary transactions on the Internet is an email address. Period.
Paypal became the so-called middle-man of financial transactions, providing buyers a “safe-zone” where they only use their email address to make purchases with sellers the easiest way to accept payments online.
All with the intention to keep our beloved credit card numbers safe.
You need 5 things to do serious online business from Ghana today.
1. An email address
2. A prepaid/debit card
3. An international phone number
4. An international mailing address
5. An international Bank Account
It is even more critical when you're dealing with an online payment system. Not having all the above doesn't mean you can't do legitimate business online. However, having all of them would improve your online reputation as a trustworthy business or entity.
PayPal is no exception.
PayPal sign up Ghana
Here’s how to sign up for a PayPal account
There are 2 types of PayPal accounts: Personal and Business.
- Type PayPal.com into your browser to PayPal website and click Sign Up at the top of the page.
- Select the type of account you want to open, either "Personal" or "Business" and click Continue.
- Enter your email address, create a secure password, and click Continue.
- Enter the required information and click Agree
- Create your PayPal Account.
- Choose to link your credit/debit card and/or bank account, enter the details, and click Continue.
- PayPal will send you an email In a few minutes, check your email for the message.
- Click the link in the email to confirm your email address.
- Enter your password, then click Confirm on the PayPal website.
- You can start to use your new PayPal account right away.
How to create a PayPal account in Ghana
So our goal is simply to create a PayPal Ghana account with no hindrance and obstacles.
When you want to create a PayPal account in Ghana, there are some things you must have in your toolbox in your quest to sign up for PayPal account in Ghana.
|Every now and then, when you hear of a PayPal in Ghana account - all you find is a list of fake names, addresses and particulars from online fake name generators.|
Shun that nonsense before you're banned forever.
So you think a multi-national company like PayPal cannot trace and verify your details?
Even if they don't, you'll be called upon to verify them when there's an issue with your account.
Just don't do that!
Look at how to create verified PayPal account in Ghana for FREE in the tutorials below.
Everything is covered here...
Please use legitimate details to create a PayPal account in Ghana.
PayPal account creation
Under normal circumstances, you’ll only need two things to start using PayPal
- An email address
- A debit/credit card
All you need is these two stubborn details and you have a PayPal account.
You hit the Sign Up now button on the PayPal website and you're good to go.
If you're still confused, I will take your hand and walk you through this simple process in the language of PayPal itself:
Step 1: Sign Up
Complete the signup form. PayPal will send you an email and you simply click on a link to confirm your email address.
Step 2: Add card
Add your debit/credit card information to your account. PayPal will store and safeguard your card details for your future purchases.
You are now ready to go shopping anywhere PayPal is accepted.
You see that with these two details: an email and a card, you can start paying and receiving payments. Actually, many people only end here and use PayPal for years without any hindrance.
Yes, that is how I started.
However, if you’ve worked online for some time, used various payment systems such as PayPal - you will agree with me that PayPal is a very difficult to deal with. In fact, they’re a very terrible company.
But hey, what can we do about it. They have a big chunk of the market share, they make it very simple to send payments and get paid with a few clicks and above all, it's virtually free to use.
Holy cow. These guys found a need and they filled it with finesse and grandeur. I love them for that.
They even have the guts to blacklist some countries. Unfortunately, my beloved Ghana is bleeding for this reason.
Hmmm, no worries.
PayPal in Ghana tip #1: Link a Ghanaian debit/prepaid card
The reason why a PayPal Ghana account is usable in Ghana is your ability to link a Ghanaian debit card to your PayPal account. it's a beautiful thing.
I've personally linked a UBA Africard for my PayPal Ghana accounts, and this is what it does for me.
It literally helps you keep your funds on your card and not on the PayPal platform. Since we can't really tell what may happen tomorrow with the account. It is better to be safe especially when you start getting a lot of money in your PayPal Ghana account.
If you have good money in your account, I advise you transfer it to your linked bank account. I know PayPal has that option. We will look at an international bank account soon.
As a Ghanaian in the PayPal world, you are a foreigner in a distant far country - wondering about. Only God knows your fate. Anything can happen to you.
Little do you know when you will be caught in PayPal resolution web?
- Confirm your phone number
- Confirm your SSN number
- Confirm your driver's license
- Confirm your utility bill
Hwз! For where?
That's not my portion.
No worries, it rarely happens. Never, use a platform thinking someone is targeting you.
These people are busy assisting customers and your Ghanaian status may never cross their mind. In fact, it's very hard to reach a customer service personnel when you're facing issues. Especially if it is not a direct phone call.
Sending an email to PayPal support will get you nowhere. You probably must send at least 2-3 follow up emails to get a response from a human being. Your first email is mostly answered by a bot because of the magnitude of support tickets and request. These bots are fed with frequently asked questions (FAQ) of which yours may be one.
If you really need customized support? You better call them.
I will show you how.
Ideally, this is another reason why I would want you to verify an international/US phone number. I will come to that very soon.
I hope I've done enough to convince you to link a card to your PayPal Ghana account.
The beautiful part is that with your linked card, you don't have to put money on your PayPal Ghana account. All your money should be on your Ghanaian debit card.
Let me break it down for you.
In the past, having a PayPal account in Ghana meant you were not able to put money in your account. All you could do is to receive money from business partners and mostly payments from freelance jobs. This meant it became very difficult to purchase anything with your PayPal Ghana account if you had no money or payments in your account.
People actually called friends and loved ones abroad to make payments into their PayPal Ghana account before they could make purchases online.
However, with your linked Ghanaian card such as UBA's Africard, all you need to do is deposit all your funds on to your Ghanaian prepaid card and use it as your primary or secondary payment option after your PayPal wallet. PayPal allowed this option now.
It means your PayPal wallet can be your default or primary payment option but if you have no funds in your wallet, your linked card will be used to pay for your purchases.
PayPal in Ghana tip #2: Ghanaian's should stop pleading, PayPal doesn’t give a damn!
As mentioned earlier, the Ebay craze really fueled PayPal’s popularity in the 2000’s.
The smart folks at eBay were even smarter.
They know a good thing when they see one. So they acquired PayPal late in 2002. Now PayPal payments are integrated into eBay’s checkout process.
So without external users or outsiders who are not on the eBay platform, PayPal has millions of automatic and recurring transactions to work on from the eBay side of things.
I guess they’re saying, “to hell with you” to blacklisted countries.
"Your inclusion or exclusion makes no impact on our books after all."
Moreover, it's more of a numbers game. They look at their metrics to see countries where there is serious traffic coming in. It's quite sad to say, Ghana is not one.
That is why I believe a lot of Ghanaians - "Ghanaians in Ghana" should be creating a lot of PayPal accounts.
You can call it illegal or unethical but it's one of the ways to get noticed.
You remember when you were in school. The very stubborn guys who were somehow restricted one way or the other are later accepted because they will find creative ways to go or do whatever you are restricting them from.
I remember one guy who became immune to repeating a class. If you dare repeat him, he will so much influence and destroy the new students coming in to meet him. Just let him move on and take your fees. Sack him and the school will be his second home.
In fact, that is what the Bible says we should be doing. Perseverance and persistence. Never give up.
Hehehe, don’t take this my Biblical madness. But, I believe you understand what I'm driving at.
PayPal in Ghana tip #3: Dare to Ask, Even as a Ghanaian in Ghana
The main reason why I prefer a phone number verification especially on online payment systems and related products.
Let me explain:
In the “Psychology of Online Payment System Course” I reiterate the benefits of verifying an international or US phone number on platforms such as PayPal in Ghana.
In that, from the start of your relationship with PayPal in Ghana - you establish yourself as a worthy person who means business.
The truth about PayPal that most people don’t know is that they prefer and love your phone number more than any other verification process.
This is because, just like two-factor authentication - your phone is your closest identifier. Mostly, your phone is on your side. Moreover, these payment systems - just like banks would not compromise on identity and security.
Unless you're like me. In fact, I'm planning to stop carrying phones around. I believe everything can wait - there's nothing urgent on this earth.
PayPal like most services doesn't joke with phone numbers. It's their bread and butter.
And so when there is any issue with your account, your phone is the first point of call to verify your identity for that matter. Period.
It’s only when you don’t have a phone number on file that crazy things like driver’s license, utility bills, and SSN - Social Security Numbers become necessary.
That is not my portion in Jesus name. Where am I going to find those things?
So this is what the so-called PayPal gurus preach in Ghana.
Never sign up with a mobile number but a home phone. Well, that is good if only need just an account for a purpose. So go for that if you need to take payment from someone.
PayPal Ghana tip #4: Who said you can’t create a PayPal Account in Ghana
Perish that thought.
Let know one lie to you that you can't create a PayPal account right here in Ghana.
If someone tells you that because PayPal is not in Ghana - so you can't create an account in Ghana.
Se no hooo….
People normally ask me PayPal account creation questions, and I know you're also pondering about them:
- Is PayPal in Ghana?
- How to open a Paypal account?
- How to create a PayPal account in Ghana?
- How to I get a PayPal account in Ghana.
My answer is a big Yeah.
Yes, you can.
However, that doesn’t mean Ghana has been whitelisted or PayPal in now in Ghana.
What this really means is that even though PayPal Ghana is not on the list of accredited or eligible countries, there may be people especially foreigners who may need an account or use their existing accounts in Ghana.
Yes, you can choose any other country of choice when creating your PayPal account in Ghana.
Apparently, this opportunity is for foreigners and even Ghanaian who stay or are from countries eligible to create an account.
Take advantage of this and create your PayPal Ghana account.
PayPal Ghana tip #5: Verify a legitimate International Phone Number
I agree with the school of thought that says you use your local or Ghanaian details to create your PayPal account in Ghana.
Yes, I do agree.
However, what I also agree and strongly believe is for you to verify a phone number. This could either be a US phone number or an international phone number from any European or foreign country.
Don’t get me wrong.
Yes, you can get a legitimate international/US phone number.
No worries, I will show you how.
With this number, I don’t fear to choose any country for my account. I normally go with the US.
There are many services, free and paid who would provide you with a legitimate phone number for your online or general business transactions.
The service I have used for quite some time now and trust is TextNow.
Those who know Textnow get goose bumps when they hear it mentioned. Why?
Because it requires some commitment. If you're keen on doing serious internet or online business, then this shouldn’t be an issue.
If you're keen on doing serious internet or online business, then this shouldn’t be an issue.
Use this phone number to verify your new account on your PayPal Ghana account.
TextNow is a free virtual phone number service for US citizens. Oh yes, is a US based service.
Above all, you'll need to be active on the service. Be it sending messages or making calls periodically to keep it activated.
Keeping it idle for a period of 3 to 5 days interval without usage may cause your number to be reassigned. Meaning you can virtually lose the number.
This is very critical to your PayPal account. In fact, if you link this phone number and it is reassigned because of inactivity or non-usage, then PayPal will make it very difficult to add another number. Your only option may be to call PayPal support.
Hey, can you complain?
All you have to do is to just call or message your Ghana phone with this TextNow number periodically. That's all.
There are other alternatives such as Google voice which is also US based and skype phone number which comes as at a cost - I think 50 bucks or so.
You may be asking, “Hey mehn but I'm in Ghana?”
Yes, I know that, and there is a way out.
Forget those who think using a VPN is a bad thing and also expensive.
In your deepest dream.
In fact, using a VPN means your privacy is your priority and that a good thing. For the expensive part, there are free but robust and reliable VPN's that will do just about anything for you.
Hola and Tunnelbear are the usual culprits. I was later introduced to another great alternative: Xproxy which is doing wonders.
So now do you believe you can get an international/Us phone number?
PayPal Ghana tip #6: Get a legitimate US Mailing Address
Eeiii what is this guy smoking?
I'm not smoking hweee…
Nothing is impossible, even in Ghana.
When there is a will there is a way.
I can assure you that you can get a genuine and legitimate US mailing address right here in Ghana.
I will show you how.
First of all, I love the US for one thing.
They listen to the market and give people what they are asking for. They know if you don’t give people an alternative, they will find illegal means to attain them.
The birth of forwarding companies.
What do these forwarding companies do? The forward or send your purchased orders from one country to the other. This is true for the US market.
Many of the huge US centered retail and e-commerce stores such as Amazon, Walmart, eBay etc doesn't ship to some countries for reasons best known to themselves.
Apparently, for shipping cost purposes. Unfortunately, Ghana is no exception.
So these forwarding companies provide you and me from countries like Ghana a legitimate and traceable US address for shipping and billing purposes.
So how does this address come into the PayPal picture?
Like I mentioned in my introduction, I am more particular about your approach to the online payment system and online business as a whole. Hence, this detailed analysis.
Paypal is only a case study for this purpose.
And so for this US mailing address, you can use it as your address when creating your PayPal account.
- It bears your name which makes it legitimate.
- It is traceable as a physical address
- It can be referenced.
Even though, you may only need this address for buying online from retail stores like Amazon, using it on all your address fields online will make you a serious business person.
When this address is used in conjunction with the phone number, you suddenly look professional and consistent online. Your PayPal Ghana account is only the beginning.
Your reputation online is key.
PayPal Ghana tip #7: Verification and confirmation of your new PayPal account
This is how you confirm your account, email, and phone number on your PayPal Ghana account.
You are in Ghana but you have a thriving business in the US with genuine details.
|When someone asks this question, Can i use PayPal in Ghana? Refer him/her to this last video.|
Account created. Enjoy your PayPal Ghana account.
Ghana PayPal account: Frequently Asked Questions
Click on any of the questions to reveal the answers.
Does PayPal work in Ghana? Is PayPal in Ghana?
|I hope you're asking whether PayPal operate in Ghana. That is a 'NO'. However, all the PayPal Ghana tutorials and videos here should convince you that you can setup a PayPal account in Ghana.|
Can I use PayPal in Ghana?
|Short answer: YES! Long answer: If you follow my advise and get all your legitimate details with respect to how to setup a PayPal in Ghana, then your PayPal Ghana account will be a success.|
Send your questions in the comments area, and I'll help you answer them successfully. Thank you.
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