We are unable to provide specifics at this time, but what we can tell you is that your payment is required to comply with current regulations set by the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) and we have determined that it may violate U.S. trade sanctions and/or finance individuals organizations on the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list.
The latest enhancement includes the addition of a screen within the Venmo app, which allows us to immediately collect the additional information we need from our users and speed up the review process.
Payments will generally be reviewed within 48 hours. If approved, the payment will be unblocked. If we have further questions before we can approve it, or determine we cannot process the payment, we will contact you via email.
Someone’s payment to me is “In Review”
Your friend may have mentioned a restricted good or entity in their payment, or their/your account is pending further identity verification. You won't receive the funds in your Venmo balance until after we review the payment (generally, within 48 hours). If we review the payment and determine that we must block the transaction, we will notify you via email.
My charge/request is “In Review”
The note in the request may have mentioned a restricted good or entity, or their/your account is pending verification. We screen requests at the time you approve them and the funds are transferred, not when the requester sends the request for funds to you.