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How to Buy Things Anonymously Using A Credit Card

by Grey One •

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In A Nutshell

  • The paid service Blur allows you to create disposable credit cards (U.S. only)
  • If you are looking for a simple way to pay for something anonymously, I recommend using a disposable credit card.
  • This anonymous credit card is issued from a European bank: AnonDebitCard
  • Using Bitcoins is another good option — however be aware that Bitcoin transactions are only quasi-anonymous.

Blur: Create Masked Emails, Phone Numbers, Credit Cards

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Blur is a service run by the privacy company Abine. It allows you to create disposable credit cards (legally). You choose how much you want to add to a card, and a “masked card” will be automatically created. You can obtain a new card whenever needed. All charges on the credit card will show up as “ABINE, INC”.

The cost of this service (MaskMe Premium) is $5 a month, and it also gives you access to the other features — Masked Phone Numbers, Masked Emails and the MaskMe apps for iOS and Android.

Simon American Express Gift Card

Anonymous Credit Card: Simon Giftcard

Another option is to purchase a Simon Gift Card. You can get these card at any mall listed on this page. Simon Gift Cards are not reloadable, but you can load them with $500 using cash. You are not required to give out any personal information to purchase the card. However, by using their website, you can link any name and address to the card, so you can use them with merchants that do AVS checks.

Disposable credit cards are also handy if you wish to purchase online from a company you don’t know or trust. Your card will not be linked to any bank account or line of credit.

Amazon Gift Cards

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Gift cards can be anonymous if purchased with cash. Many website accept Amazon Gift Cards as a form of payment, so an Amazon gift card can be a anonymous checkout gateway.

MoneypakReload

A reader posted this technique, which sounds useful:

What I do is I purchase a Virtual credit card from http://www.moneypakreload.com with bitcoins. With that I go on Zmazon and Zappos and buy my stuff. I have done it 3 times, and I’ve always got the credit card in about an hour and amazon and zappos processed it without any issues.

Comments 27

  1. Nym

    A problem I am encoutering recently with prepaid cards purchased in the US and with BLUR, is that the cards cannot be used for puchases outside the US. So if you are using an offshore email or VPN service you can’t use these anonymous methods of payment.

    1. Anonymous

      Vanilla cards are a total scam. Tried 3 times to get them to activate my card to use and they told me they couldn’t confirm my identity. Is this site an affiliate to Vanilla cards? I wouldn’t waste my money.

      1. web master

        We have no affiliation with Vanilla Visa. Why can’t you be civil?

        You shouldn’t have to activate your card. See this FAQ answer:

        How do I activate my gift Card?

        The Card is activated by the cashier at the time of purchase. Sign the back of the Card immediately where indicated. We recommend that you write down the Card number and the customer service number on a separate piece of paper in case the Card is lost or stolen.

        When can I start using my Vanilla Card?

        You can start using your Vanilla Card at the time of purchase. The Vanilla Card is activated at the store. Note: Some retailers may hold funds for up to 24 hours after time of purchase.

        1. Anonymous

          Vanilla Visa seems to have changed. Do not buy their cards anymore or check thoroughly before you do!

          I bought a My Vanilla card and it requires me to register online and and provide a mailing address and SSN. The card is then mailed to me. No longer useful, but they got a lot of my money!

    1. Anon

      Anondebitcard.com is not 100% anonymous, you still need to fill out all your information including your shipping address.

  2. CaDalyst

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  3. Brad

    Thanks for your interesting information. The con to most of these cards is
    that they’re not rechargeable or they have very low maximum limits for loading/withdraw/amount on card etc … If you would like an offshore numbered bank account real credit card (mastercard), with online banking access and almost no limits for a very cheap price, contact me : anodata@safe-mail.net

  4. bob

    For the Visa the FAQ says “A Service Fee of $2.50 per month beginning on the 7th month from the date of activation will be applied to any remaining balance, except where prohibited by law. Please refer to Cardholder Agreement for more information.” yet the cardholder agreement states “The Card has NO FEES AFTER PURCHASE (including dormancy, service or other fees). An Activation Fee per Card is paid by the purchaser at the time of purchase.”
    These two statements are at odds with each other. Is it confirmed there are no automatic deductions from the card after purchase?

  5. Bob

    Law enforcement can track the card down. The companies that make these cards know which card numbers go to which stores. Then the police contact the stores and access the stores records. If you paid with a debt or credit card they will know who you are. Also, if you paid with cash they will use the stores video surveillance to see you. They can tell what time you purchased the card.

    Find a store that doesn’t have a video camera or a store that doesn’t keep video records for very long.

  6. GreyOne

    Some people have been having problems using Vanilla Visa with Private Internet Access (our top recommended VPN provider). Hopefully the company will sort out this problem soon. There is a short-term solution:
    You can create a Amazon account (using fake personal info) and link it to the Vanilla Visa. You can then pay for Private Internet Access through Amazon (they accept Amazon Payments).

        1. Anonymous

          Vanilla Visa has worked fine with Private Internet Access for multiple signs-ups 2012-2016.

  7. jason

    I was looking to see if anyone else uses my acquisition service’s business model. As I didn’t see anyone else doing it their way, you might want to look at: https://www.enymity.com/ . I’ve made over 20 purchases through them as-to-date, and I’ve always been quite satisfied. The way they parcel out data at point-of-purchase has never left a complete record of what I’ve gotten or any of my personal info on anyone’s files, and someone would have to hack 4-5 different, secured systems before they could even start attempting to reverse-engineer any sort of profile. If you haven’t found a better way, you might enjoy the peace-of-mind their service affords. If you have found a better way, I’d love to hear about it.

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