|Fri Jan 28 2011 17:33:13|
PayPal Bug - Who is Richard Brezovec?
By: Ina Steiner
eBay sellers are reporting that when they use PayPal to make payments to eBay for postage labels or seller fees, PayPal is sometimes displaying the recipient as Richard Brezovec instead of eBay Inc. (LinkedIn lists Richard Brezovec as a Treasury Consultant at eBay.) There are no reports of the bug happening for payments other than those made to eBay.
On the PayPal Community board, a seller wrote, "I think your being hacked. I just purchased two shipping labels and both $5 shipping payments show that they are being paid to an individual and not to shipping. I got my shipping label just fine, but I think the money might be being diverted, either that or you have one **bleep** of a bug!"
Several sellers have emailed me about the problem, and there is a discussion thread on eBay about the issue. eBay sellers are concerned that their payments to eBay are ending up in someone else's personal account.
One seller said when they checked their balance, they noticed Richard Brezovec as the payee on the last few days' postage purchases, and wrote, "Opened a new tab to check how the name was spelled, and in those few minutes, the name had changed back to eBay shipping. Inconsistencies like that in banking make me sorta nervous."
On the PayPal forums, an administrator wrote yesterday, "It's ok - we're not being hacked. This issue has to do with some recent updates we've done to enhance the site, and won't be affecting our merchants who accept payments."
A PayPal spokesperson confirmed the problem is a bug. "We are aware of it. We will get you more details soon."
Update 1/31/11: PayPal calls the glitch resolved on Saturday.