Venmo is designed for payments between friends and people who know and trust one another. There are also several Venmo services for merchants who want to accept payments. However, Venmo should not be used for purchases, unless explicitly authorized by Venmo.
You may use Venmo to pay for goods or services using a Venmo Debit Card at merchants that accept the card, through mobile websites or apps that are approved to offer Venmo as a payment option, or using your in-store QR code at select merchants. Additionally, you may use Venmo to pay for goods and services when directly given the option to do so by Venmo.
Venmo may NOT otherwise be used to receive business, commercial or merchant transactions, meaning you CANNOT use Venmo to accept payment from (or send payment to) another user for a good or service, unless explicitly authorized by Venmo.
Unless directly given the option by Venmo, DO NOT USE VENMO TO TRANSACT WITH PEOPLE YOU DON’T PERSONALLY KNOW, ESPECIALLY IF THE TRANSACTION INVOLVES THE PURCHASE OR SALE OF A GOOD OR SERVICE (for example, concert tickets, electronic equipment, sneakers, a watch, or other merchandise). These transactions are potentially high risk, are not allowed under Venmo’s User Agreement, and Venmo does not have a protection program for such transactions unless directly offered. So:
- If you send a Venmo payment to someone for a good or service, you could lose your money without ever getting what you paid for.
- If you accept a Venmo payment from someone for a good or service and we later review the payment, we may reverse the payment, meaning you could lose both the payment and the item sold. This review process may not occur until after you attempt to transfer the funds out of Venmo.
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Can I use Venmo to collect donations for my non-profit or otherwise?
Venmo doesn't currently provide support for user-created donation campaigns or non-profits.
Although Venmo’s peer-to-peer experience cannot be used to solicit or collect charitable contributions, you may be able to work with PayPal or Braintree to integrate Venmo as a checkout option in your organization’s app or website. You can find more information about accepting Venmo for your business here.