Aliexpress appeal?

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  1. reluttr

    reluttr Well-Known Member

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    Does anyone else shop on Aliexpress? I just tried to buy a figure and now they are wanting me to go through an appeal process to verify my identity by sending them a scan of my credit card and ID card?

    Has anyone else had this issue? I've bought stuff on Ali for years, but I am still leery of sending personal info like this to some company oversea's.
     
  2. ILoveDinobot

    ILoveDinobot You can, you up. No can, no BB.

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    I would not do it. Sounds really suspicious.
     
  3. TFXProtector

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    If Aliexpress wants it, that's one thing. PayPal and eBay have been known to want those for verification throughout the years. That said, that's for sellers, only. If the seller on Aliexpress wants that info, that's a red flag and refuse, refuse, refuse.

    EDIT: Even then, I wouldn't trust Aliexpress with that kind of information. There's no need for them to receive it. Don't give it. If they keep asking for it, move to another source/retailer. Don't offer up information like that unless it's necessary and legal.
     
  4. Dachande

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    PayPal just did that to my girlfriend as well. For her to have funds online she needs to scan a copy of her ID for some reason. She isn't doing it, but it seems rather invasive when she's been with PayPal for 10-years.
    I wonder if it's just that, or actually Ali doing it?
     
  5. KremzeekTyCobb

    KremzeekTyCobb Feed my eyes (Now you've sewn them shut)

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    This just sounds like such a bad idea, even if the company is legit. I wouldn't do it. Even if paypal, ebay, amazon or some other reputable company. To think that that scan with that info would be floating around and sent via an unsecured email account would drive me crazy. Also, if I'm a cyber-criminal, my #1 target would be to get these files with unlimited credit card and ID scans. It would be like a goldmine!
     
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    I did it for both PayPal and eBay. It's not an email attachment or anything like that. It's a secure site where you do a direct drag n' drop upload like when you post a picture from your PC or phone, here. Once that upload's complete, you can delete the image(s) you've taken and it only stays on their end and their servers/computers.

    Depending on how Aliexpress does it, will raise even more red flags. Still, considering it's located in China and their government is known for wanting to obtain that information, legit or otherwise, I'd absolutely say no. No way.