There are different reasons why many people would like to stay anonymous when purchasing things around the web. The problem with Bitcoin is that it’s not completely anonymous because everything is recorded on a publically shared global ledger (the blockchain). Once a Bitcoin exchange requests identifiable information such as a utility bill, government ID, or an email address, it can track every movement of your Bitcoins. And that’s why more and more people want to know how they can get Bitcoins without using an ID.
That’s why in today’s post, I’m going to show you exactly how to buy Bitcoins anonymously with a credit card or cash.
You might also consider using VPN as an additional layer of privacy protection when buying crypto.
Buy Bitcoin Without ID
Let’s have a quick look at the 3 best exchanges where you can buy Bitcoin without ID verification.
Buy Bitcoin with a credit card with no verification
The number of exchanges that allow you to buy bitcoin with a credit card without verification is decreasing because of the strong regulatory pressure on the companies that run these platforms. However, there are still two places where you can buy bitcoin with a credit card anonymously without KYC and ID, although very limited amounts.
CEX.io is a UK-based (also USA registered) centralized exchange (it isn’t a decentralized exchange) where you can buy crypto worth $100/day without needing to provide any ID. And yes, the favorite deposit method of many crypto fans is supported (actually, it is the most popular one on the platform) – credit or debit cards.
- Supported fiat currencies: USD, EUR, RUB, GBP, USDT, BTC, GUSD, OMG, ONT, ONG, USDT, ADA, USDC, NEO, GAS, BAT, ATOM, XTZ, MATIC, LINK, WABI
- Supported deposit payment methods: Credit card, debit cards, bank transfer, SEPA, ACH, FasterPayments, Skrill, Qiwi
Read the CEX.io review to find out more about this popular platform.
CoinMama is one of the oldest crypto exchanges that did not expand much on its initial service offer – it still offers a quick and easy way to buy crypto. This is probably the best option for newcomers to purchase Bitcoin anonymously. You can buy Bitcoin worth $150 using a debit/credit card without verification.
Our Coinmama review goes into the nitty gritty of this exchange so have a look at it if you are interested to find out more.
Here is a full list of P2P exchanges where you can buy bitcoin without verification
- Bisq [NO KYC]
- HodlHodl [NO KYC] <– Not available in the U.S.
- LocalCoinSwap [OPTIONAL KYC (i.e., your listing, your terms)]
- Local Lightning [NO KYC] (just launched)
- AgoraDesk [NO KYC]
- Counter.Network [OPTIONAL KYC]
- Wall Of Coins [NO KYC]
- Payfair (?) [NO KYC]
- BuyCrypto.Today [NO KYC]
- BitQuick [NO KYC (when trx amount is under $400)]
- Remitano [NO KYC for Seller (only Buyer must KYC)]
- Totalcoin mobile app [NO KYC (other than phone number verification)]
- Mycelium Local Trader mobile app [Map] (?) [NO KYC]
- CryptoMap.me (?) [NO KYC]
- Huobi OTC
- WazirX [KYC]
- Giottus [KYC]
- BuyCoins [KYC]
- r/Cash4Cash <– Take seriously the risks and recommendations in the General Information PSA
- r/GiftCardExchange <– Take seriously the risks and recommendations in the GSX Safe Trading Guide
- r/BitMarket <– Take seriously the risks and recommendations in the GSX Safe Trading Guide
- BitHalo software [NO KYC]
- OpenBazaar (?) [NO KYC]
Altcoin-only P2P Trading exchanges
The Easiest Way to Stay Anonymous – Purchase Bitcoins with Cash
The Local Bitcoins Option
UPDATE: Localbitcoins now requires full KYC like other exchanges for buying amounts above $1k.
If you’re looking to purchase Bitcoins anonymously then the easiest way would be to purchase Bitcoins by meeting in person and trading cash. Use LocalBitcoins to find someone who lives next to your physical location and is willing to sell Bitcoins for cash.
LocalBitcoins is a Bitcoin start-up based out of Helsinki, Finland, that has on-the-ground buyers and sellers in nearly 15,000 cities across the world. This Peer-to-Peer marketplace Bitcoin exchange has been operating since 2012.
However, Local Bitcoins requires you to register using your email ID, but you can simply use an alias email address to sign up to Local Bitcoins to bypass this. It’s easy to remain untraceable when you use cash because there is no documentation for the transaction. One more thing worth noting is that all the fees are set by the sellers, and LCB acts as an escrow manager.
Keep in mind that most sellers on Local Bitcoins don’t like to do business with anonymous buyers. However, since you’re paying in cash it should be less of an issue.
Note: Be sure to check the reputation of the seller. A higher reputation means a more trustable seller.
The Prepaid Credit Card Option
Another way to stay anonymous when buying Bitcoin is to use a prepaid credit card you can get at any convenience store or supermarket. For example, Coinmama lets you buy Bitcoin with a prepaid credit card, but your purchase limit might be capped at a low amount ($150) if you don’t verify your identity.
The Bitcoin ATM Option
Another way to purchase Bitcoins anonymously with cash is to go to the nearest Bitcoin ATM and purchase Bitcoins from the ATM in exchange for fiat currency (like dollars or euros). A Bitcoin ATM asks you to scan your public address and transfers BTCs to that address. In some cases, if you don’t have a public address, just specify that you don’t have one – in most cases, this will just generate a new paper wallet address for you (if it supports that feature), and you’re good to go.
Important Note: The actual anonymity you get with a Bitcoin ATM may vary between locations and machines. For example, there might be cameras at some machines but not others, or the owners of some ATMs might ask you to verify your identity.
Purchasing Bitcoins via a Bitcoin ATM is probably the best way to go about purchasing Bitcoins anonymously. However, the problem is that not everyone has an ATM next to them.
Users in Australia can use FindBitcoinATM to check the location of their closest Bitcoin ATM.
Methods Which Don’t Require ID but Aren’t Anonymous
The Wall of Coins Option
Headquartered in Sarasota, Florida, Wall of Coins is primarily a cash-based system where a buyer has to go and deposit cash in a bank.
A Bitcoin seller who has a bank branch near you gives you their bank account details when you visit the bank’s nearest branch and deposit cash, and once they confirm the deposit, the coins that are held in escrow are released to you.
Wall of Coins is available in the following countries – the United States, Germany, Brazil, Canada, the Philippines, Poland, and Latvia.
The BitQuick Option
The idea is simple. Buyer and seller agree on an amount, the seller deposits the Bitcoins at Bitquick, and once the buyer deposits the cash into the seller’s account, the coins are released. No ID verification is required for this process, but you will need to provide your phone number.
These were some simple ways of purchasing Bitcoins while staying anonymous.
All the methods described above don’t require you to use an ID verification to purchase Bitcoins. However, you can still be tracked with more sophisticated techniques.
Sometimes you might accidentally disclose your Bitcoin public address online somewhere, or you can be identified by your IP or through the private Wi-Fi which you are using, or a seller might track you down from your vehicle or mobile number when you did your face-to-face fiat/Bitcoin deal with them.
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