Protect yourself from fraud
Fraud hurts everyone. That’s why PayPal has implemented Instant Payment Review – a free fraud-detection feature that instantly notifies you of potentially high-risk payments via both the payment received email and online status in your Account Overview and History page. If a payment is flagged, PayPal conducts a review and either clears or cancels the payment, and then notifies you within 24 hours, so you know whether to ship your item or not.
Here’s how Instant Payment Review works
We send you an initial payment status notification
As soon as PayPal receives payment for your sales, we send an email and update your Account Overview and History pages alerting you to the payment status. You’ll receive one of the following messages in the initial payment received notification:
We send you a follow-up notification
If the initial transaction status is under review, within 24 hours, PayPal will notify you of the outcome via email and in your PayPal Account Overview and History pages, and you’ll receive one of the following messages:
Want to know more?
PayPal has always been committed to reducing online fraud, and Instant Payment Review is just the most recent feature to help protect you from losses due to unauthorized transactions and chargebacks. For more information, check out our list of Frequently Asked Questions.