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2. Making Payments > 10. Send Money to Anyone

Send Money to Anyone

Use PayPal’s most basic feature to send money to anyone with an email address, even if the recipient doesn’t have a PayPal account.

It’s a little-known fact that you can send money to anyone who has an email address: the person to whom you send money doesn’t need a PayPal account! The only information you need is the recipient’s email address and, of course, the amount of money you would like to send.

Back in the days when PayPal was giving away $10 for each new account referred, some entrepreneurial students would send $.20 payments to every kid in their school in hopes that the recipient would create an account. If no one claimed the payment, the money would eventually go back to the sender. Not a bad moneymaking scheme, even if only 1 in 20 recipients signed up! Today, with over 50,000 new users each day, PayPal doesn’t offer such a bounty for referral. However, you can still enjoy the fun of surprising someone with a “You’ve got cash” email.


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