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Resident cites Muslim bias via PayPal


Mohamad Ali of Arlington, a technology executive and former CEO of two Boston-based companies, expressed this viewpoint first published May 21 by under the headline “Targeting Muslims while they bank.” It is republished with the author's permission.

 About a year ago, I bought event tickets online through PayPal. They cost $200, and I used my credit card to buy them. Shortly afterward, I received an email from PayPal that said it needed additional personal information to complete the payment. I assumed my credit card was processed on the PayPal network. I called PayPal and was told that there was a security flag.

A what? I am an American citizen, have been chief executive of two American companies, and have an impeccable credit record. I wondered what the problem could possibly be. But PayPal would not provide me with any additional details without further personal information. The $200 charge was on my credit card, but my ticket purchase hadn’t been completed; PayPal wouldn’t send the payment to the vendor because of the security flag.

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