Prepaid Debit Card – Sampath Web Card

I don’t exactly like to keep a credit card because that will drain my wealth without even telling me. I have seen this happening to many of my friends. This plus the fear of internet fraud has kept me away from buying a credit. So I Googled for various options and found out this solution which is the Sampath Web Card.

Sampath Web Card which is a Prepaid debit card where you can top-up the card from any sampath bank branch. All you have to do is make the payment with the card number as if you are paying for a credit card using a credit card payment slip. Also you can use this with PayPal. You can basically top-up the card up-to about Rs. 100,000 in deposit amounts in 2.5k, 5k, 7.5 and 10k rupees as per the website. But the guy at sampath told that I can deposit in any amounts as long as I use this for genuine purchase purposes. If you have a sampathnet account you can straightaway top-up the card from there after linking the card to the existing account. To check the existing balance either you have to call the cardcenter number which is at the back of the card or you can check it from sampathnet acount if you have that.

Here is the Link on Sampath Web about the Web Card.
Here is the Link to download the sampath web card application.

Following are the steps I went through to get the web card and verify my card with PayPal.

  • Made an initial payment of 2500 at the head office with my NIC number mentioned with “web card initial payment” as the receiver using a normal deposit slip (you have to do this only for the initial payment as you don’t have the card/car number). Out of the payment 500 is taken as a onetime card charge, so when I got the card I had a balance of 2000 (if you have a sampath bank account the charge is only 300)
  • Handed that over to the card center with the filled application.
  • Received a call from sampath bank confirming my identity
  • After about one week got a letter asking to pick the card at head office as I have given my preference (there are other preferences such as receive the card by post)
  • Collected the card and the PIN at the head office.
  • Provided the card details to PayPal and verified, then you need the 4digit transaction id to complete that. To get that either call card center number which is at the back of the card or you can check from the sampathnet account if you have linked the card to sampathnet account.
  • Gave the 4digits to PayPal and I was ready to purchase online.

If you need any more information you are welcome to leave a comment.

57 thoughts on “Prepaid Debit Card – Sampath Web Card

    1. You can do this only if you have a sampath online account. for that you need a sampath bank account and have to apply for online account access. then there is an option to link this card. you can check the balance and top-up money from you bank account also.

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  1. I cant link sampath bank web card to alertpay. It says ” Your transaction was declined as there are insufficient funds in your credit card to cover this payment. Please fund your card and try again “. But i have Rs.1800 in my account. What can i do. Please help!!!!!

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    1. First of all try asking the bank as to what has happened to the transaction attempt at the time you tired. They have the complete history and the causes. Then they will tell you what has gone wrong.

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      1. Thanks. I already asked them. They dont know anything about them. But my card has already linked to the paypal  

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  2. Hi 
     withdraw  my found from alertpay& paypal via sampath web card  to my bank account  is possible ?please tell me 🙂

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    1. Well that I am not 100% sure.
      But I managed to receive a PayPal refund for an eBay purchase back to my card.
      So technically you should be able to receive money from PayPal, practically you will have to check and see. But i’m quite sure that will be not legal as you are agreeing to use the card only for the purpose of online payments. When you receive a refund that is allowed and is in the legal frame.

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  3. How much time it took to get the refund to the card? because my pay pal says that the refund is transferred to the card but my card does not have the refund included

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  4. Hi how to withdrew my money form Paypal to my bank account without credit  card  but i have a web card this is possible to withdrew my money via web card to my sampath bank account?
    please help im waiting for u reply 

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    1. Yes I have read about the HNB solution and that seems a better option if you have an account with HNB. Please note that this was written sometime back and at that time there was no HNB debit cards available 🙂

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  5. How can i increase pay pal money balance from my sampath web card?……web card balance is enough but it is not came to pay pal balance………………….

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  6. Is there any limitations to any sites from which we can purchase online? What sites can we reach. What sites we can’t?

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    1. Not a load of limitations on the sites you can use this on. Not sure whether you can use with sites using verified by visa. I have not used the Sampath card for a long time because my bank which is commercial bank is providing all the required services 🙂

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  7. Hey man ,
    I have a sampath web card when I try to input it
    It says that “You have reached the limit of attempts allowed to confirm your card. If you’d still like to use this disabled card with PayPal, we need you to send us some documents.”

    Need help

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    1. If you do failed attempts to verify more than a defined number of times your card gets blocked by PayPal. Then there are few documents they expect you to send. That’s as far as I know. You can ask PayPal and explain or you may also Google a little bit.

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  8. Thank you very much for the information which was very useful to me.
    But my pay pal account is still not verified. Also I cant see the balance available in my card. Can you help me if you can please?

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  9. How can I transfer money from my webcard to my sampath bank account no ? Can I take on my hand webcard money from sampath bank ?

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  10. Rightnow I am using paypal by linking SABB (in saudi arabia ) bank credit card
    Can I link sampath visa card together with this one how can I do it I am waiting to leave this country and go back to sl soon
    Thank you

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    1. Technically there should be no limitations. But I had to delete and recreate my account when I moved to Australia to add my current card+bank account and to enable features such as receiving money.

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  11. Hey Venura, I found this blog very helpful. I took 2.5k web card but now my online purchases exceed that amount. Can I top up a greater value to my card online or do I have to make a deposit and separately to the bank? And is the 2.5k web card restricted only to purchases of that value? If I can top it up directly through my debit account could you please give steps?
    Thank you!

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  12. When I create my paypal account, what should I enter for the nationality???
    Is it okay to put Sri lanka??
    Will the ebay refund money if the item not comes?? Plzzzz help. Is it okay to enter real details on paypal??
    & also I have a sampath webcard

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