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It almost seems to know that I'm not going to get that PIN before a specified date because it has a 'panic button' disable until after that date.
That date came, the 'panic button' became enabled and I pressed it ... so now I'm waiting for another month.
I'm wondering if anyone received their PIN poste haste?
or are you, like me, watching your earning grow but can't have any?
Just my $0.02
It's just a matter of courtesy... they are now neck deep because every publisher is asking them to send 2,3 maybe more PIN mails... which is causing everyone else a greater lag. They could just mail the publishers that have been delayed in sending their PIN and simply tell them there was a delay - expect it on day X, so they don't have to keep requesting new PINs and delaying the process.
:feels better: ...done venting... ;-)
Surely sending a cheque verifies a mailing address?
You cashed the cheque, the address must be right? "
peewhy certainly you must be kidding right? They are attempting to make sure the "right" person cashes those check as in YOU not someone else.
Have you ever tried to open a UK bank account?
They are attempting to make sure the "right" person cashes those check as in YOU not someone else.
In Canada you cannot cash a check if it's not addressed to your name. I don't know about the rest of the world, but I imagine it should similar.
The real reason they are doing this is probably the addition of EFT. Since real address is not required anymore, one can enter any random address they want, and receive the funds via EFT.
My bank lets me deposit other people's checks, as long as we both sign it, but my bank doesn't actually check that the other person really signed it. I can just bring in the other person's check, with 2 signatures on the back, one of which would be mine, and put it right in my account.
I'd like one of those accounts.
I'm in the UK, it is very difficult to open a new account, even if you had a previous account with the same bank. Opening a business account is a slow process but at the end of it all, you have to prove who you are.
So, John Doe gives you a cheque to cash and signs the back, you counter sign it and the funds go into your account. Then, shock, horror ... John Doe's cheque is a bad one.
Who is responsible?
So to get back on track, I can give Google any old name but it has to go into my real account. The one I have given proof relating to my identity.
So, just send a cheque and stop holding onto funds longer than need be ... are you listening Google?
I wonder if they'll even send the PIN if you don't request it be re-sent.
If you're really serious about the program, you'll click the "re-send" button. If you're not, you won't. Eliminate the chaff, and don't waste the postage if they don't care enough to wonder where it is.
If you are committing fraud, you're not likely to hit the re-send button. Because you know you won't get the PIN. And I wouldn't doubt that a few of those fraudsters probably start "guessing" a couple times, not even knowing how many digits/letters/who knows what the PIN really is. When people start putting random things in that PIN box, and they haven't requested a re-send, it's probably a sign that something mischevous may be afoot.
I think it's an excellent security feature for these reasons, on top of the fact that you have to either be at the address you claim, or have access to the mail at the address you claim. And if you're stealing mail, you've entered federal territory and will likely get a few more years when they finally catch you.
A couple other things:
They paid 37c to mail a tinly little postcard to me. Isn't it typically 23c to send one of those? Maybe they paid extra for some kind of secret delivery confirmation?
I wish it didn't say "Google Adsense" in the return address. I was expecting a nondescript white envelope.
Mine was sent from Jamaica?! Which explains why it took so long to Germany. If they had sent it from the US, it would have taken about 5 working days. Very strange. The reason is not obvious for me (I have some ideas though).
Those not having received it - just wait, and watch for a very flimsy folded postcard. In fact it is not even very "secure": if the postman wanted to, he could read the PIN by peeking into the side of the folded postcard.