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PayPal drops mobile check deposit

By Allison Ross · Bankrate.com
Wednesday, June 18, 2014
Posted: 2 pm ET

More and more banks continue to add mobile check deposit features, but payment service PayPal is going the opposite direction.

© littleny/Shutterstock.comPayPal on June 12 stopped offering the check capture capability to people downloading its PayPal Here app, according to PayPal. Three days later, it stopped allowing current users of the app to deposit checks into their PayPal accounts by taking a picture of the check with their phones.

The discontinuation goes against the grain of the trend in financial services right now.

Mobile remote deposit capture is the "most sought-after mobile banking feature" among consumers, according to a 2013 survey by ath Power Consulting, a financial services research and strategy firm.

Banks are responding to the demand. A study by RemoteDepositCapture.com found that 63 percent of banks offer remote deposit capture, and another 33 percent plan to offer it in the next year.

Indeed, earlier this month, Citizens Bank announced it was launching a mobile check deposits function.

But PayPal, which has had mobile check deposit for several years now, says that "checks have become a less common way to pay for things and many of our customers have either fully moved away from checks or have other ways to pay."

It adds that the discontinuation of mobile check deposit "allows us to focus on our primary mission, creating a truly digital economy -– whether shopping online, paying a friend, or using a mobile device to pay."

Security concerns

Indeed, the use of paper checks has been falling for several years.

Still, mobile check deposit is continuing to grow, and it's prompting questions about fraud and double-cashing of checks.

What do you think of PayPal's decision?

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13 Comments
Robin
August 18, 2014 at 9:12 am

Very frustrated with paypal. Will be looking for alternative. I use check capture with some deposits also. I don't care how technologically savvy you are, some people still write checks. It may go completely away some day but until it does, people will continue to write them. Now I have to deposit into my personal account and than transfer to my paypal account. So ridiculous!

Mark
July 31, 2014 at 4:09 pm

I'm disappointed as well. I been using the Paypal check scan service for several years now, and it's the primary reason I keep most of my fund in my Paypal account. I'll be looking for a bank that supports check scanning.

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